The Dead

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Coyote Canyon Press, Oct 1, 2008 - Fiction - 80 pages
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The Dead is one of the twentieth centurys most beautiful pieces of short literature. Taking his inspiration from a family gathering held every year on the Feast of the Epiphany, Joyce pens a story about a married couple attending a Christmas-season party at the house of the husbands two elderly aunts. A shocking confession made by the husbands wife toward the end of the story showcases the power of Joyces greatest innovation: the epiphany, that moment when everything, for character and reader alike, is suddenly clear.
  

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User Review  - Lukasz Pruski - Goodreads

Although James Joyce's "The Dead" is a short story from the "Dubliners" collection, it was published as a separate book in the Penguin 60s series. Its 59 pages contain only 15,672 words, which is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeff - Goodreads

In regards to James Joyce my reading life has been a failure. A couple of attempts at Ulysses have ended in disaster and abandonment. It is not that I dislike a challenge. I love Faulkner. I will ... Read full review

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James Joyce was born on February 2, 1882, in Dublin, Ireland, into a large Catholic family. Joyce was a very good pupil, studying poetics, languages, and philosophy at Clongowes Wood College, Belvedere College, and the Royal University in Dublin. Joyce taught school in Dalkey, Ireland, before marrying in 1904. Joyce lived in Zurich and Triest, teaching languages at Berlitz schools, and then settled in Paris in 1920 where he figured prominently in the Parisian literary scene, as witnessed by Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast. Joyce's collection of fine short stories, Dubliners, was published in 1914, to critical acclaim. Joyce's major works include A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, and Stephen Hero. Ulysses, published in 1922, is considered one of the greatest English novels of the 20th century. The book simply chronicles one day in the fictional life of Leopold Bloom, but it introduces stream of consciousness as a literary method and broaches many subjects controversial to its day. As avant-garde as Ulysses was, Finnegans Wake is even more challenging to the reader as an important modernist work. Joyce died just two years after its publication, in 1941.

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