The edited version of Ulysses that caused so much controversy on its first publication. This edition is the accepted reference text for James Joyce studies.
Set entirely on one day, 16 June 1904, Ulysses follows Leopold Bloom and Stephen Daedalus as they go about their daily business in Dublin. From this starting point, James Joyce constructs a novel of extraordinary imaginative richness and depth. Unique in the history of literature, Ulysses is one of the most important and enjoyable works of the twentieth century.
After its first publication in Paris in 1922, Ulysses was published in Great Britain by The Bodley Head in 1936. These editions, as well as the subsequent resettings of 1960 in Great britain and of 1961 in the US, included an increasing number of transmission and printing errors. In 1977 a team of scholars, led by Professor Hans Walter Gabler, began to study manuscript evidence, typescripts and proofs in an attempt to reconstruct Joyce's creative process in order to come up with a more accurate text.
This edition uses the revised 1993 text of Gabler's version.
“The greatest novel of the century”
Anthony Burgess, Observer
“Ulysses is a work of high genius”
“The Odyssey, the Divine Comedy and Hamlet whisper their way through its pages: and Ulysses is their equal at every turn...”
Simon Barnes, The Times
“Ulysses, with its comic-epic tapestry, took fiction deeper than ever into the raucous carnival of everyday life”
“[The 1974 version] fixes 5,000 errors involving punctuation, omitted words, phrases, and even entire sentences'”
New York Times
“It is steeped and soaked in the rough life of Dublin city. It is, however, intensely alive, fundamentally Irish, full of Rabelaisian "humour" with a highly developed sense of time and a fantastic imaginative faculty”
“Dirty, blasphemous and unreadable, or one of the greatest novels of the 20th century? No matter what your opinion of it, Ulysses has had a profound influence on modern fiction... Unforgettable”
“Joyce I have loved ever since I first set eyes upon him. Ulysses is a magical work”
“[Gabler's edition is] a required object of study for every scholar working in English literature”
“If you manage to love this enormous novel set during one day in Dublin, it will change your life.”
Katy Guest, The Independent