James Joyce's Ulysses: A Reference Guide

James Joyce's Ulysses: A Reference Guide

James Joyce's Ulysses: A Reference Guide

James Joyce's Ulysses: A Reference Guide

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"Perhaps the most important literary achievement of the 20th century, Ulysses is also one of the most challenging. Most beginning readers find it difficult to follow Joyce's plot, and so they abandon the text in frustration. This useful reference guide introduces readers to Joyce and his work, and surveys the importance and cultural impact of this celebrated masterpiece." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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James Joyce's name and even his image are quite familiar to contemporary readers. The neighborhood bookseller or the bookshop in the local mall most likely carries his picture or likeness on its wall. Most bookstores carry copies of his works, and most college and high school English classes require reading some of his writings. Moreover, most students find the stories in the Dubliners collection enjoyable and accessible. However, readers coming to James Joyce's Ulysses for the first time face a challenging yet, potentially, rewarding experience. Unfortunately, most people who try to read Ulysses find the text, in whole or in part, inaccessible. Consequently, James joyce's Ulysses: A Reference Guide seeks to introduce initial readers to Joyce and to Ulysses, to remove some of the obstacles initial readers face when approaching the text, to provide background information in order to facilitate understanding of the nuances of the book, and to introduce readers to the critical dialogue surrounding the text. As a result, readers can come to Ulysses with the same level of confidence they have when they approach Joyce's other, more accessible writings. Moreover, initial readers will, hopefully, discover the rewards of reading the book and find that they outweigh the potential obstacles to understanding Ulysses.

In order to introduce readers to Joyce and Ulysses, Chapter 1 offers a brief biography of Joyce and a survey of the importance and cultural impact of Ulysses. Chapter 2 provides a detailed summary of the narrative, with an aim toward eliminating the major obstacle to understanding Ulysses. Most . . .

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