Ulysses Annotated: Notes for James Joyce's Ulysses

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University of California Press, 1989 - Literary Criticism - 645 pages
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Here substantially revised and expanded, Don Gifford's annotations to Joyce's great modern classic comprise a specialized encyclopedia that will inform any reading of Ulysses. Annotations in this edition are keyed both to the reading text of the new critical edition of Ulysses published in 1984 and to the standard 1961 Random House edition and the current Modern Library and Vintage texts.

Gifford has incorporated over 1,000 additions and corrections to the first edition. The introduction and headnotes to sections provide general geographical, biographical and historical background. The annotations gloss place names, define slang terms, give capsule histories of institutions and political and cultural movements and figures, supply bits of local and Irish legend and lore, explain religious nomenclature and practices, trace literary allusions and references to other cultures.

The suggestive potential of minor details was enormously fascinating to Joyce, and the precision of his use of detail is a most important aspect of his literary method. The annotations in this volume illuminate details which are not in the public realm for most of us.
  

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Essential starting point to understand Ulysses. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Hans Marijnissen - Goodreads

So much information, so much fun. You don't need this book at all to read and understand Ulysses, but you will have a good time with all the details and explanations. I recommend actually visiting Dublin, too. Read full review

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This is an extremely useful companion to Ulysses. Explains every reference to Homer, Irish history, previous Joyce works, and anything else mentioned in Joyce's masterpiece. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
8
Nestor
29
Proteus
43
The Wanderings of Ulysses
67
LotusEaters
83
Hades
103
Aeolus
127
Lestrygonians
155
Sirens
289
Cyclops
313
Nausicaa
383
Oxen of the Sun
407
Circe
451
Penelope
610
Rhetorical Figures in Aeolus
635
INDEX
645

Scylla and Charybdis
191
The Wandering Rocks
259

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About the author (1989)

Internationally renowned Joyce scholar Don Gifford (1919 2000) was Professor of English and American Studies at Williams College and author of "Joyce Annotated: Notes for Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" and "The Farther Shore: A Natural History of Perception.

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