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.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.Read Less
Very good. SHIP DAILY W/TRACKING FROM NJ; GIFT-ABLE as USED, GLOSSY; pages crisp and clean, VERY GOOD (pages fading, edge bumps, beginning crease to spine sign of being read) AS SHOWN THIS COPY. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. Audience: General/trade.11279 11279--I've just finished reading this masterful biography, and it has had the magical effect of making me forget all others. This is a simply splendid book--a life of the greatest writer of the 20th Century that is so scrupulously detailed that one leaves it feeling you personally know and like the subject. Joyce is presented to us from all sides--as friend, husband, father, drinker, raconteur and most importantly, writer; a man with unparalleled control of the English language and no control of life or money. One measure of the book's genius is that it makes you feel quite close to Joyce toward the end--as he gets ever blinder and broker, his energy used up by a book he knows will go unread and a daughter who is slowly succumbing to mental illness. I think of this book now almost as part of the Joyce canon. I'm not sure you can really know Joyce without knowing Ellmann's Joyce, too. [reader review]
A comprehensive and sensitively written biography of one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. Ellmann begins with the geneology of the Joyce's, and the Murrays .From an affluent land owning heritage in Cork, Ireland, James Joyce's family is reduced to near poverty , mostly due to the drinking habits of his father, John., and a large family of ten children.,( of which James is the favorite and the eldest. ) Through a scholarship he is able to attend an excellent Jesuit academy, in Conglowes., w here he becomes a proficient student and leading moral example for his classmates . In later life, he is conflicted as to his religious and national roots, and becomes an expatriot of Ireland, spending much of his lifetime on the continent: in Paris, Zurich and Trieste. His stormy financial existence, his faltering marriage, his ill daughter and serious eye problems deter but do not defeat him. He struggles on to get "Ulysses" published and then, "the Dubliners"; both at great effort and over the scrupulous morals of the day. That he persisted, and carried on to become one of the leading provocative writers of his time, is a credit to his integrity, and courage. This book is a gem of research and dedication by the author., generously supplied with photographs . I give it five stars because there is no six star category ! .
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