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Critical Companion to James Joyce
  • Authored by: A. Nicholas Fargnoli and Michael Patrick Gillespie
  • From the Series: Critical Companion to
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816062323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6232-4
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $75.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 05/01/2006
  • Dewey Number: 823.912
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 464


The author of such classics as Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, and more, James Joyce is regarded as one of the greatest writers of all time. Known for his experimental use of language, Joyce endured controversy surrounding much of his work, including one of the most famous censorship trials in history.

Critical Companion to James Joyce examines this groundbreaking Irish novelist by exploring his work and influences, including family, friends, relatives, and acquaintances, as well as important places where he lived and worked. In this single-volume reference, admirers, general readers, and lovers of literature will discover hundreds of entries covering every aspect of Joyce's life and work.

Coverage includes:

  • A detailed discussion of Joyce's life
  • Synopses and critical examinations of Joyce's published works, with extensive analyses of the major fiction titles, including Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake
  • Profiles of significant members of Joyce's family and social circle, as well as the places where he lived and worked
  • Discussions of the major intellectual and literary influences on Joyce, topics and themes in his work, and subjects important to the study of Joyce
  • Accounts of legal battles involving Joyce's works, including coverage of one of the most famous censorship trials in history.
Additional features include:
  • A chronology
  • Bibliographies of primary and secondary sources
  • A working outline of Finnegans Wake
  • The Ulysses schema
  • and more.
Critical Companion to James Joyce will guide readers through Joyce's fascinating life and work.


Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Appendixes. Index. Bibliographies. Cross-references. Chronology.

About the Author(s)

A. Nicholas Fargnoli is a professor of theology and English at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York. He is president of the James Joyce Society and founder of the Finnegans Wake Society of New York. He is the author of James Joyce's Classic Moments; the coauthor of On Moral Grounds: The Art/Science of Ethics and Critical Companion to William Faulkner, forthcoming from Facts On File; and the editor of James Joyce: A Documentary Volume.

Michael Patrick Gillespie is the Louise Edna Goeden Professor of English at Marquette University. He has published books on the works of James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, and William Kennedy, and on the use of chaos theory in literary interpretation. He is the editor of the Norton Critical Editions of The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Reviews and Awards

"...[a] highly useful volume...its extensive bibliographical references and ease of use make it a valuable work for Joyce scholars on every level of expertise."
American Reference Books Annual

"...an asset to academic and large public libraries needing an introduction to Joyce's work and life."

"...plentiful new material (which justifies acquisition of this volume even for those owning its predecessor)...Highly recommended."

"...exudes learning, enthusiasm, and humility. I'll surely include it on reserved and recommended lists for my Joyce courses as well as for my Irish literature surveys..."
James Joyce Literary Supplement

"A great primer for those needing a detailed introduction into Joyce's world, this is recommended for public, academic, and high school libraries."
Library Journal

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