This book investigates the life, works and critical reputation of James Joyce. Joyce's peripatetic career and complex reinvention of modern Western culture has made him a subject of enduring fascination and established him as perhaps the greatest and most enigmatic literary figure of the twentieth century. Part I of this book provides a concise narrative of Joyce's life and literary career. Part 2 discusses a critical commentary upon all of Joyce's prose works and explores the style and significance of his poetry and drama. The last part reviews a historical overview of the critical reception of Joyce's work in order to examine how particular styles of reading and modes of critical practice have influenced the understanding of Joyce.
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