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Ulysses and Us

The Art of Everyday Life in Joyce's Masterpiece

Declan Kiberd (Author)


Why James Joyce's great modernist masterpiece is in fact a book that can teach ordinary people to live better lives.

Declan Kiberd, a professor of Anglo-Irish literature at the University College Dublin, offers an audacious new take on Joyce's classic novel. Ulysses, he argues, is a work written for and about the common person, offering a humane vision of a more tolerant and decent life in the modern world. In this passionate corrective to the widespread view of Ulysses as an esoteric tome for the scholarly few, Kiberd dispells the aura of academic mystique that has attached itself to the novel, opening our eyes to Ulysses as a celebration of the everyday and a model for living well in an unpredictable world.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • November 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33909-3
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 416 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide, excluding Canada, the British Commonwealth and the European Union.

Endorsements & Reviews

“Kiberd's book—lucid, learned, free of jargon and pretension—can make for a wonderful companion along the journey through Joyce's wondrous epic.” — Sudip Bose, American Scholar

“[Kiberd is] one of our liveliest and most iconoclastic intellectuals. . . . Whether or not Ulysses is an example of wisdom literature, Ulysses and Us certainly is.” — John Banville, Irish Independent

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