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DescriptionThat James Joyce's ""The Dead"" forms an extraordinary conclusion to his collection Dubliners , there can be no doubt. But as many have pointed out, ""The Dead"" may equally well be read as a novella-arguably, one of the finest novellas ever written.
""The Dead,"" a ""story of public life,"" as Joyce categorised it, was written more than a year after Joyce had finished the other stories in the collection, and was meant to redress what he felt was their ""unnecessary harsh[ness]."" Set on the feast of the epiphany, it is a haunting tale of connection and of alienation, reflecting, in the words of Stanislaus Joyce (James's brother and confidant), ""the nostalgic love of a rejected exile.""
The present volume highlights ""The Dead"" for readers who wish to focus on that great work in a concise volume-and for university courses in which it is not possible to cover all of Dubliners . But it also gives a strong sense of how that story is part of a larger whole. One story from each of the other sections of Dubliners has been included, and a wide range of background materials is included as well, providing a vivid sense of the literary and historical context out of which the work emerged.
Broadview Press Ltd
30 April 2014
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