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The Dead: Complete, Authoritative Text with Biographical and Historical Contexts, Critical History and Essays from Five Contemporary Critical Perspectives (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism) Paperback – 12 May 1994

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; New Ed edition (12 May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333618491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333618493
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.4 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,242,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'...an introductory bibliographical essay, a short critical history, and one of the exemplary analyses.' - Ian White

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James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (1882-1941) was an Irish writer and poet, widely considered to be one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Along with Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, and William Faulkner, Joyce is a key figure in the development of the modernist novel. He is best known for his landmark novel Ulysses (1922). Other major works are the short-story collection Dubliners (1914), and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Finnegans Wake (1939). Although most of his adult life was spent outside the country, Joyce's Irish experiences are essential to his writings and provide all of the settings for his fiction and much of their subject matter. In particular, his rocky early relationship with the Irish Catholic Church is reflected by a similar conflict in his character Stephen Dedalus, who appears in two of his novels. His fictional universe is firmly rooted in Dublin and reflects his family life and the events and friends (and enemies) from his school and college days; Ulysses is set with precision in the real streets and alleyways of the city. As the result of the combination of this attention to one place and his voluntary exile in continental Europe, most notably in Paris, Joyce paradoxically became both one of the most cosmopolitan yet most regionally focused of all the English language writers of his time. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susie on 22 July 2014
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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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By Emily Herbert on 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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A visitor to a convivial Irish family party is shaken from complacent views on life and love by a revelation relating to his wife's past; A universal story of the fragility of the human spirit and our relationship with the souls and memories of the Dead.
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This is an interesting short story, fantastically well written and with amazing depth in the characters. This books is a lesson in writing for aspiring authors. This is a master class in character writing, but it is also an enjoyable read.
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By Janet Sawdon on 26 May 2014
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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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