Is there a novel more revered—and more famously unread—than James Joyce’s Ulysses? Despite its complexities, this love letter to Dublin, published a century ago, is a very readable chronicle of everyday life and everyday struggles. It’s a book about marriage, sex, religion, food, art, loneliness, companionship, and so much else. It’s a book, that is, about life. We hope that the following essays will send you on a quest to discover, or rediscover, this most staggering of epics.
by Robert J. Seidman
Why Ulysses is as vital as ever—compelling, complex, and direct
by Keri Walsh
When nobody would touch Joyce’s manuscript, Sylvia Beach stepped in
by Donal Ryan
Reading Joyce in a minor key
by Amit Chaudhuri
Abandon the notion of high-minded seriousness and simply enter into the novel’s flow
By Flicka Small
In the world of Ulysses, food turns out to be everything
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