|About the Book|
The works of James Joyce, most brilliant and human of modern writers, continue to challenge and fascinate in their originality and relevance. This fresh re-evaluation of Joyces work explores every important aspect of his writing in a series ofMoreThe works of James Joyce, most brilliant and human of modern writers, continue to challenge and fascinate in their originality and relevance. This fresh re-evaluation of Joyces work explores every important aspect of his writing in a series of articles by foremost literary scholars and creative writers.The early stories of Dubliners, the neglected area of his drama and lyric poetry, the central achievements of Portrait and Finnegans Wake - the full scope and range of Joyces work is re-examined.Senior academic critics mingle with younger scholars to give in-depth insight. Three Irish novelists, each representing a different generation, Benedict Kiely, John McGahern and John Banville record their separate responses to a great precursor.Biographical, citical and political insights are brought to bear on Portrait, while the bulk of attention falls, naturally, on the vast, varied landscape of Ulysses. As the book opens with an overview of Joyces entire canon, it ends with a series of essays which place the great Irishman and his work in the larger perspectives of modern literature, criticism and sensibility. Brendan Kennellys article - a unique experiment in criticism - brings the collection to a close with a vision of Joyces life and work as a continuous tragic poem.Augustine Martin, broadcaster and critic, is Professor of Anglo-Irish Literature at University College Dublin, and is Director of its James Joyce Annual Summer School at Newman House on St. Stephens Green where Joyce was educated.Apart from his many publications on Joyce s work, Dr. Martins books include a biography of Yeats, an edition of his collected poems, a collection of essays, The Genius of Irish Prose, and the recent anthology of Irish short stories, Forgiveness - Voices One. A former Senator of the Irish Republic and Chairman of the Abbey Theatre he is currently writing the official biography of the poet, Patrick Kavanagh.