Ulysses (Vintage International) (Paperback)

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A user-friendly edition of this still avant-garde masterwork! It is the old corrupt text that was originally published, but it’s the text everyone read when it came out, and it has an index of all of the errata. Also, all of the notes that an average reader could probably want. Plus Joyce’s on schematics on the design. Funny, challenging, sexy, infuriating. Sure, it’s a beast, and, of course, it’s pretentious. It’s also brilliant and delightful. Seen today, it’s even life-affirming. If you can get over the hump of “Proteus,” the third chapter, Leopold Bloom is an earthy breath of fresh air. Not to mention Molly. — Dafydd Wood

Stimulating, exasperating, erudite, preposterous, maddening, funny, frolicsome, dirty, disreputable, challenging, sensory, lusty, loony, long, long, long, luxuriant revelation of Life. — Mike Hare


This revised volume follows the complete unabridged text as corrected in 1961. Contains the original foreword by the author and the historic court ruling to remove the federal ban. It also contains page references to the first American edition of 1934.

About the Author

James Joyce, the twentieth century’s most influential novelist, was born in Dublin on February 2, 1882. After receiving a rigorous Jesuit education, twenty-year-old Joyce renounced his Catholicism and left Dublin in 1902 to spend most of his life as a writer in exile in Paris, Trieste, Rome, and Zurich. His writings include Chamber Music (1907), Dubliners (1914), A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), Exiles (1918), Ulysses (1922), Pomes Penyeach (1927), and Finnegan's Wake (1939). Ulysses required seven years to complete and Finnegan's Wake, took seventeen. Both works revolutionized the form, structure, and content of the novel. Joyce died in Zurich in 1941.

Praise For…

"Ulysses will immortalize its author with the same certainty that Gargantua immortalized Rabelais, and The Brothers Karamazov immortalized Dostoyevsky.... It comes nearer to being the perfect revelation of a personality than any book in existence."
-The New York Times

"To my mind one of the most significant and beautiful books of our time."
-Gilbert Seldes, in The Nation

"Talk about understanding "feminine psychology"-- I have never read anything to surpass it, and I doubt if I have ever read anything to equal it."
-Arnold Bennett

"In the last pages of the book, Joyce soars to such rhapsodies of beauty as have probably never been equaled in English prose fiction."
-Edmund Wilson, in The New Republic

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780679722762
ISBN-10: 0679722769
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: June 16th, 1990
Pages: 816
Language: English
Series: Vintage International
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