His stories are fillled with the rich detail of Dublin life, portraying ordinary, often defeated lives with unflinching realism. He writes of social decline, sexual desire and exploitation, corruption and personal failure, yet creates a brilliantly compelling, unique vision of the world and of human experience. The stories all centre around the city of Dublin and its inhabitants at the beginning of the twentieth century. They offer a moving portrait of an entire world and era long since disappeared.
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This astonishing collection of 15 short stories, which Joyce began in 1904 but could not get published until ten years later, is one of the great texts of modernism. The city of Dublin and the characters who live in it are realized with a directness and a depth which had not been achieved before. This was the book which established Ireland as a fit subject for European literature, an imaginative home for the self-exiled writer. Joseph McMinn's useful introduction adds to the pleasure of this handsome new edition, as do the Edwardian photographs illustrating it. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - James Joyce
James Joyce (1882-1941) was born and educated in Dublin. Although he spent most of his adult life outside Ireland, Joyce's psychological and fictional universe is firmly rooted in his native Dublin, the city which provides the settings and much of the subject matter for all his fiction. He is best known for his landmark novel Ulysses (1922) and its controversial successor Finnegans Wake (1939), as well as the short story collection Dubliners (1914) and the semi-autobiographical novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916).