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The Dead (Annotated) [Kindle Edition]

James Joyce , Sean Costello
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Book Description

• A new digital edition of this classic long short story, first published in the collection Dubliners
• Edited and corrected text, with dialogue presented as Joyce intended (i.e., using dashes rather than the ‘perverted commas’ he detested)
• Accompanied by a brief Note on the Text, embedded explanatory notes and Links to Further Reading

‘The Dead’ is one of the most celebrated short stories in the English language. Set during and after a festive family gathering in Dublin in the early 1900s, the plot hinges on a chilling moment of truth, or epiphany, experienced by Gabriel Conroy about his relationship with his wife Gretta:

‘The air of the room chilled his shoulders. He stretched himself cautiously along under the sheets and lay down beside his wife. One by one, they were all becoming shades. Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age. He thought of how she who lay beside him had locked in her heart for so many years that image of her lover’s eyes when he had told her that he did not wish to live.’

‘Dubliners . . . contains one story, the longest story in the book and the last story which seemed to me perfection whilst I read it! I regretted that I was not the author of it.’ – George Moore, author of Esther Waters and ‘Albert Nobbs’

‘In its lyrical, melancholy acceptance of all that life and death offer, “The Dead” is a linchpin in Joyce’s work.’ – Richard Ellman, biographer of James Joyce

‘Joyce’s “The Dead” is one of the greatest short stories in the language.’ – Roger Ebert, reviewing John Huston’s film adaptation (1987)

‘As fate thankfully had it, Joyce added this story to the Dubliners manuscript as a sudden afterthought while his publishers prevaricated. The most powerful in the collection, “The Dead” is not about death. It's about life force . . . The last three paragraphs are among the most beautiful ever written.’ – Alison MacLeod, Guardian

‘For all the ingenuity and wit of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake , the reputation of James Joyce as an artist may well rest on the sublime perfection of “The Dead” – Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

James Joyce (1882–1941) was born in Dublin but left Ireland in 1904 for a life of exile in Europe. Among his major works are Dubliners; A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Ulysses; and Finnegans Wake.

Swift Editions aims to revive neglected classic texts as digital editions, produced to as high a professional standard as the best printed books.

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' introductory bibliographical essay, a short critical history, and one of the exemplary analyses.' - Ian White


' introductory bibliographical essay, a short critical history, and one of the exemplary analyses.' - Ian White

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 112 KB
  • Print Length: 45 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Swift Editions (8 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VIN8AO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #612,038 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Susie
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Still think it was the best thing he wrote-unlike some of his other works, no fireworks just a gentle build up in a turn of the century |Dublin dinner party to act as the play out of some of the most powerful truths of the human condition. Brill
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dead 26 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Marvellous, haunting, evocative writing. It made me go to Dublin to find the places which Joyce describes.
Most marvellous ending of any short story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Dead 11 May 2014
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I like this book but it was quite hard to understand with lots of old fashioned words in. I read this book as a project at school and it was one of the best books I read out of five. It gets easier to understand towards the end and very well thought out.
Love it good book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the Dead 20 Mar. 2014
By Audrey
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An enjoyable read but don't expect it to be like the film.which was produced by John Huston before his death.
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