Exiles: By James Joyce

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MobileReference.com, 2008 - Drama - 101 pages
Exiles is a play by James Joyce, who is principally remembered for his novels. It draws on the story of The Dead, the final short story in Joyce''s first major work, Dubliners, and was rejected by W. B. Yeats for production by the Abbey Theatre. It first major London performance was in 1970, when Harold Pinter directed it at the Mermaid Theatre. In terms of both its critical and popular reception, it has proven the least successful of all Joyce''s published works - only Chamber Music runs it close. In making his case for the defence of the play, Padraic Colum conceded: ...critics have recorded their feeling that Exiles] has not the enchantment of Portrait of the Artist nor the richness of Ulysses]... They have noted that Exiles has the shape of an Ibsen play and have discounted it as being the derivative work of a young admirer of the great Scandinavian dramatist.. Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is an electronic edition of the complete book complemented by author biography. This booktable of contents linked to every act. .

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Joyce's writing in this play is sort of wonderfully intentional, and it reminded me very much of those works I'd already read by him--The Dead perhaps especially. This is one of those rare cases where ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

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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