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2.0 out of 5 stars Why the formatting change?, 1 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: The Dead (Kindle Edition)
I love this story. It's one of my favourites. But this edition ...? In the original text the dialogue is marked with dashes. In this, the dashes have been removed and replaced with speech marks. Why? It reduces the text somewhat. Leave it alone!
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Initial post: 17 Aug 2013 07:08:18 BDT
Why indeed? Joyce's use of dashes gave his dialogue a dynamism and power. He disliked the use of speech marks, and I imagine their exclusion at the time THE DEAD was written added an edginess to the work. And why, I might add, does the great man's name not feature under the title to the right of the image? Disrespectful.

Posted on 1 Jul 2014 14:57:43 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jul 2014 15:03:39 BDT
M. Traynor says:
It seems the comments made here by D. J. Sellers & Margaret Murphy refer to another Kindle edition of 'The Dead' and not the illustrated edition featuring an introduction by Senator David Norris. It should be noted that the illustrated edition - as stated in the 'About this edition' section which can be viewed in the preview - is a reproduction of the original 1914 Grant Richards text. Hence it being a "centenary" publication. The Richards edition (the "original") used quotation marks as opposed to dashes, which were in fact only reinstated with Robert Scholes 1967 Viking Press edition. As is well known Joyce intended to use dashes for dialogue but these - along with a bunch of errors and other changes he had made - were not incorporated into the Richard's text and what was published by Richards is what you see here. This book is intended as a faithful reproduction of that text - however 'corrupt' it may indeed be - and therefore no changes were made.
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