James Joyce: A Critical Introduction

James Joyce: A Critical Introduction

James Joyce: A Critical Introduction

James Joyce: A Critical Introduction

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The point from which this essay takes its departure is the death of James Joyce early this year. Two years ago, with the publication of Finnegans Wake, his work in progress was brought to its appointed completion. At the same time, he relaxed his lifelong habits of personal reticence to co-operate with his biographer, Herbert Gorman. Through Mr. Gorman’s efforts and through other sources, documents have become available to students and collectors in this country, which clarify the different stages of Joyce’s development as an artist. Meanwhile, in the wider world, the pace of events has so accelerated, that we have already begun to look back upon his work as upon the legacy of an earlier period. This would seem to be the proper occasion for a full critical appraisal. It is not the author but the reader of this book who must make the appraisal. If this book helps to overcome the obstacles that sometimes discourage the reader of Joyce, it will have served its function.

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