ABC-CLIO Critical dialogues, background information, and the most detailed plot summary available introduce readers to Joyce's astonishing novel. Perhaps the most important literary achievement of the 20th century, Ulysses is also one of the most challenging. This reference introduces beginning readers to Joyce and his novel, removes some of the obstacles readers face when confronting the text, provides background information to facilitate understanding, and illuminates the critical dialogue surrounding the work. A short biography and a survey of the importance and cultural impact of Ulysses is followed by the most detailed available plot summary. Chapters overview the novel's publication history, contexts, major themes, narrative structure and style, and critical reception. The volume closes with a bibliographical essay.
Book News Seeking to introduce initial readers to James Joyce's novel Ulysses , this guide provides background information for facilitating understanding of the text and discusses the critical reception the book has received in the years since its publication. After a brief biography of Joyce, the text presents a summary of the narrative, looks at the publication history of the novel, discusses the historical context surrounding Joyce's writing of the novel, and explains academic and critical responses. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)