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My Brother's Keeper: James Joyce's Early Years

Joyce, Stanislaus; and Ellmann, Richard (Editor)

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ISBN 10: 0670497789 / ISBN 13: 9780670497782
Published by The Viking Press, New York, 1958
Condition: Good condition Hardcover
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xxii, 266 pages. Illustrations. Index. Dust jacket worn, torn, soiled, with chips and pieces missing from spine. Some page discoloration. Preface by T. S. Eliot. Editor also prepared the Introduction and Notes. Bookseller Inventory # 57743

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Title: My Brother's Keeper: James Joyce's Early ...

Publisher: The Viking Press, New York

Publication Date: 1958

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good condition

Dust Jacket Condition: poor dust jacket

Edition: First Edition.

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Stanislaus Joyce was more than his brother's keeper: he was at various times his brother's co-dependent, touchstone, conscience, and biggest fan. The two shared the same genius, the same childhood influences, and had the same literary instinct, but in Stanislaus it was channeled into sober academic pursuit, while in James it evolved into gaiety, wild whimsy, and at times sodden despair.Covering the first twenty-two years of James Joyce's life in Dublin and Trieste, My Brother's Keeper is a window onto the drama that was his youth. Thanks to Stanislaus's superb memory and sure hand, here we find the Dublin of Dubliners: the streets, neighbors, churches, and unforgettable eccentrics. Here we see the model for Ulysses' Simon Dedalus: James' father, a dour and violent figure when in his cups. Here are the Joyces in their own home, and the minor characters that pepper A Portrait of the Artist: Eileen, Leopold Bloom's comely daughter; Mrs. Riordan, the surly teacher; Mr. Casey, the political agitator. And finally, here is Trieste, a place of exile for Stanislaus but a retreat for James. Stanislaus Joyce has fashioned both an invaluable primary source for his brother's opaque masterpieces and a loving memoir of his brother's early life.

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Stanislaus Joyce (18841955), the brother of James Joyce, was a professor of literature in Trieste. His wife, Nelly Joyce, published My Brother's Keeper after his death.

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