Approaches to Ulysses: Ten Essays

Approaches to Ulysses: Ten Essays

Approaches to Ulysses: Ten Essays

Approaches to Ulysses: Ten Essays

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James Joyce's Ulysses was first published by a young American bookseller in Paris nearly fifty years ago--the rest is literary history. No novel written in this century has laid such a large claim on the literature and criticism of our time. Ulysses stands as one of the seminal works of our culture, and to say this is not in any sense to make personal claims for it.

The enormous amount of critical material that has been written on Ulysses is legend and not the subject for discussion here, except to note the fact that all the previous book- length studies of Ulysses have been written by individual authors, each pursuing a special line of inquiry, each developing his own approach through a sustained reading of the book. The quality of these contributions to Ulysses criticism, of course, varies, and the time of composition affects the perspective of each author. In the 1930s, for example, Stuart Gilbert and Frank Budgen books on Ulysses were written with firsthand information from Joyce himself. The nearly dozen book-length studies which have followed represent a wide range in both quality and approach. This volume is the first book-length study to pre-

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