James Joyce, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Richard Ellmann has revised and expanded his definitive work on Joyce's life to include newly discovered primary material, including details of a failed love affair, a limerick about Samuel Beckett, a dream notebook, previously unknown letters, and much more.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 960 pages, plates
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780195033816

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If you are in any interested in getting into Joyce, this book is pretty much invaulable. A towering book of detail about the man and his influences. Ellmann also devotes a chapter to giving an analyses of his major works (except for Exiles and Finnegans Wake), which is exetremely helpful. His chapter on Ulysses is very benficial for first time readers though by no means an absolute introduction to the certain opaque prose in the book, just themes, influences and certain stylistic elements.

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The definition of a comprehensive biography. My personal favorite review of this massive tome? "If someone stood next to Joyce at a urinal, Ellman interviewed him."

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An essential work, but much overrated. Ellmann is not entirely reliable on important points, due to a curiously persistent obtuseness toward and misunderstanding of Joyce's sense of his own mission.

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