Critical Companion to James Joyce
A Literary Reference to His Life and Work
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|Format:||Paperback, 464 pages|
|Other Information: ||48 black-&-white illustrations, index, bibliography, cross-references, chronology|
|Published In: ||United States, 15 July 2006|
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The author of such classics as "Dubliners", "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man", "Ulysses", "Finnegans Wake", and more, James Joyce is one of the greatest writers of all time. Known for his experimental use of language, Joyce endured controversy surrounding much of his work, including one of the most famous censorship trials in history. "Critical Companion to James Joyce" examines this groundbreaking Irish novelist by exploring his work and influences, including family, friends, relatives, and acquaintances, as well as important places where he lived and worked. In this single-volume reference, admirers, general readers, and lovers of literature will discover hundreds of entries covering every aspect of Joyce's life and work. Coverage includes: a biography of Joyce; synopses and critical discussions of all Joyce's published work; profiles of significant members of Joyce's family and social circle; discussions of intellectual and literary influences on Joyce; and accounts of censorship and legal battles. Additional material includes: a working outline of Finnegans Wake; and the Ulysses schema.
Following the format, style, and organization of other titles in Facts On File's "Critical Companion" series, Fargnoli and Gillespie, who have both written extensively on James Joyce, divide this reference to the writer's life and work into four parts. Part 1 is a brief biography. Part 2 focuses on individual works (e.g., Dubliners), including its publication date, a brief history, a synopsis, early critical reception, contemporary perspectives, and one or two recommended titles for further reading. The entries in Part 3 cover people (including friends and relatives), places, and ideas related to Joyce. Part 4 contains an appendix, a bibliography of the writer's work, a bibliography of secondary sources, chronologies, family trees, and more. The entries vary in length from one paragraph (e.g., "Cosgrave, Vincent") to 71 pages (e.g., "Ulysses"). Cross references appear within the individual entries as well as in the index, and a few black-and-white photographs are scattered throughout. Bottom Line A great primer for those needing a detailed introduction into Joyce's world, this is recommended for public, academic, and high school libraries.-Laurie Selwyn, Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
|Publisher: ||Checkmark Books|
|Dimensions: ||23.0 x 18.0 x 2.0 centimeters (0.93 kg)|