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One of the better editions of Ulysses,
By A Customer
This review is from: Ulysses: Corrected Text (Paperback)Ulysses was first published in 1922 and has since been recognized as a masterpiece of world literature - albeit one full of typos. The book was first printed in France, and its printers, faced with a difficult text in a language they didn't understand, allowed many small typing errors to make their way onto the page. The edition featured here is the result of a concerted effort to remove as many of these errors as possible. How well it succeeds in doing so has been the subject of much scholarly debate in recent years.
From its first appearance in the 1980s this edition was referred to as the "corrected text" and as such it has attracted much attention; several of its "corrections" have been called into question by Joycean scholars. However in my opinion -- and I am a Ulysses fan, not a professional expert -- it remains one of the better editions available.
It's fair to say that most readers need not worry about the particular edition of Ulysses they read. The typos that persist in different editions are insignificant when compared to the deliberate inventions and irregularities of the author, and the strength and beauty of the novel shine through regardless of the occasional misspelling. However there are now more editions of Ulysses available than ever, and in my humble opinion it's worth taking five minutes to check out the attributes of edition that you might buy. (There is one edition for example that I wouldn't touch with a long pole.) This edition has received its bouquets and brickbats in the last couple of decades but I think it's definitely worth considering.