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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075382860X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753828601
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 4.4 x 13.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 658,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Only the second major biography of the author to appear since his death in 1941. (Sunday Business Post)

A great read for anyone remotely into Joyce (The Catholic Herald)

This biography is both learned and readable; it is an attractive monument to a brilliant, kind-hearted, often unfortunate man. (Edmund Gordon THE SUNDAY TIMES)

a scrupulously researched, entertainingly readable biography of a maddeningly protean, contradictory genius. (John Walsh THE INDEPENDENT)

a sound and readable telling of the writer's tale for newcomers, into whose hands it may be given without a qualm. (LITERARY REVIEW)

Bowker's biography - packed as it is with incidents, ideas and sympathy - proves inspiring (Richard Davenport-Hines SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

This sound, hefty biography is enjoyable and fair... (Peter Lewis DAILY MAIL)

a readable, reliable biography in a new voice (Iain Finlayson THE TIMES)

This is an entertainingly readable biography of a genius. (BELFAST TELEGRAPH)

a very accessible and solid biography. (Lesley McDowell THE SCOTSMAN)

The author excels in his wit, clarity and sheer readability as he tackles in full the life of Ireland's greatest writer. (METRO)

Gordon Bowker's new biography of James Joyce draws on new materialto explore in greater depth than ever before the life and legacy of this extraordinary writer. (CHOICE)

informed by many new biographical sources and discoveries... a usefully demystifying version of the life of one of the 20th century's most complicated literary artists. (NEW STATESMAN)

good time for a strong new biography of James Joyce, 70 years after his death and almost 30 since the revised version of Richard Ellmann's classic contribution to the form...Bowker devotes a greater proportion of his book to Joyce's life after Ulysses than Ellmann does, the period of his physical decline, obsession with the mental health of Lucia, and dogged engagement with the night games of what became Finnegans Wake. (Adam Mars-Jones THE OBSERVER)

Reading Bowker on the genesis of Finnegans Wake make me want to read it again. (Tibor Fischer STANDPOINT)

Bowker has already written brilliantly on Malcolm Lowry and George Orwell and this new book extends the record ¿ and not only the record, but the entire epistemology of the Joycean discourse... has restored Joyce to his contradictory, ambivalent humanity... shrewd and highly readable biography. (Thomas McCarthy Irish Examiner)

A wonderfully lively and meticulously researched account of the life and work of a fascinatingly inexplicable paradox.... wonderfully detailed, gripping... (Chris Proctor The Tribune)

This new biography is both learned and readable. It is an admirable monument to a brilliant yet often unfortunate man whose star still shines. (John Hinton Catholic Herald)

Detailed, thoughtful and illuminating, Gordon Bowker's portrait of the inimitable artist is sympathetic, challenging and thoroughly entertaining. (Good Book Guide)

We owe Mr Bowker a debt of gratitude for his considerable courage in undertaking this mammoth task. (Hugh McFadden Books Ireland)

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Long-awaited and comprehensive biography of the great Irish author James Joyce, who died 70 years ago

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