This third edition, newly revised and updated, includes comprehensive and all-new annotations (over 9,000 notes) by Joyce scholar Sam Slote, Trinity College, Dublin, and Marc A. Mamigonian and John Turner. A lively repository of literary allusion and colloquial realism, this dazzlingly innovative, ambitious novel is here presented in its 1939 version, which contains notable textual differences from the standard editions currently in print.
Born in Dublin, James Joyce (1882-1941) spent most of his life abroad, living in Trieste, Paris and Zurich. His writings, however, mainly centre on Dublin - most famously Ulysses, Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. He pioneered and perfected avant-garde prose techniques that saw him rise to the rank of one of Europe's foremost Modernists.
This is a text of choice for first-time and established readers
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[The] annotations are by far the most systematic, the most thorough, the most scholarly, of any single-volume Ulysses ... The notes on scientific and technical terms are particularly clear. * The Irish Times *
[This edition] provides perhaps the clearest insight into the finely grained details of Ulysses of any yet on offer. * The Irish Times *
[The annotations] are exacting, full, textured and, yes, economical of expression. * James Joyce Quarterly *
[The] annotation is extensive, diligent and unfussy, and offers a serious rival to Jeri Johnson's notes in the Oxford edition. * The Tablet *
Anyone looking for an accurate, annotated Ulysses will find one here. * TLS *
I love this edition. The explanatory notes don't get in the way of the text but rather send me seamlessly back with renewed interest. The beautiful paper falls flat to the touch and when I first opened it I came across the note for p.125. I never knew that Staggering Bob was veal made from calves so young they were still staggering. I found myself reading the tremendous Lestrygonians Episode again - Joyce's terrible and wonderful song of how and what we consume. One can never get to the bottom of Ulysses. -- Martina Evans