James Joyce's self-referential, allusive, and pun-filled works are widely recognized as the signature pieces of European modernist literature, and helped hasten the 20th Century break from traditionally recognized forms of prose. He repeatedly explored the themes of childhood and adulthood, and youth and maturity while simultaneously widening the boundaries of the novel.
This collection includes selections from his most important works: Ulysses, Finnegan's Wake, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners. The most fascinating treat here is the landmark recording of James Joyce reading selections from Ulysses. This rare recording was made in 1924, and Joyce's reading provides the singular experience of hearing the work as he intended it to be read.
Also providing the unique insight of spoken-word to these wonderful works are the accomplished, sensitive and expressive performers Cyril Cusack, Siobhan McKenna, Jim Norton, Colm Meaney, and E.G. Marshall.
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James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was born in Dublin in 1882. One of the most influential writers of the 20th Century, Joyce's life was punctuated by poverty, critical controversy and self-imposed exile. Joyce was one of the pioneering figures of modernism and counted W.B. Yeats and Ezra Pound amongst his earliest supporters. Before his death in 1941, Joyce had published Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners; works that today are recognized as amongst the greatest achievements in literature.From AudioFile:
Joyce's work doesn't lend itself to excerpts--ULYSSES and FINNEGANS WAKE are challenging (or incomprehensible) enough as completed works. But this collection, for the most part, is successful. First, there are two complete stories from DUBLINERS, read with skill and pathos by Jim Norton and Colm Meaney. There are also some virtuoso set pieces: Cyril Cusack's Christmas dinner scene from A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST and Siobhan McKenna's soliloquy of Molly Bloom are both magnificent. And as a special treat, the listener can compare McKenna's brilliant interpretation of an episode in FINNEGANS WAKE with the same passage read by Joyce himself in 1932. (Another recording of Joyce reading from ULYSSES in 1924 is an intriguing, if barely audible, piece of audio history.) Ultimately, this is an appetizer rather than a meal, but it's an awfully tasty one. D.B. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Book Condition: Acceptable. Reading copy. May have signs of wear and previous use (scuffs, writing, underlining). Dust jacket may be missing. Bookseller Inventory # 3IIL04001JL3
Book Description Caedmon, 2002. Recording (CD). Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Four audio compact discs in a heavy card slipcase. "Includes a rare recording of James Joyce reading selections from Ulysses." "Unabridged selections.". Recording (CD). Bookseller Inventory # 056524
Book Description Caedmon 2002-06-01, 2002. Audio CD. Book Condition: good. Unabridged. 0060501790. Bookseller Inventory # 606149