Celebrate the Centenary of Joyce’s Dubliners with The Folio Society this Bloomsday
By James Joyce
Introduced by Kevin Barry
Period photographs by Dr J. J. Clarke
BLOOMSDAY: 16 June 2014, £27.95 ($54.95)
To celebrate Bloomsday and the centenary of the original publication of Dubliners by James Joyce, The Folio Society is delighted to reissue their lauded 2003 edition.
At the age of 22, writing with the objectivity of his recent self-imposed exile, Joyce began work on the first of a set of short stories. Three years later, he completed his portrait of human nature in microcosm, by now called Dubliners. Once regarded as scandalous, the collection is now rightly celebrated as the first in the quartet of masterpieces that established Joyce as the greatest innovator in modern literature.
With an introduction by Kevin Barry, period photographs taken by Dr J. J. Clarke, a pictorial slipcase and an elegant linen-weave binding, this volume is the perfect way to commemorate Joyce’s landmark work of 20th-century literature.
Taken by J. J. Clarke, a medical student, between 1897 and 1904, the photographs illustrating the Folio Society edition of Dubliners were taken at around the same time that the stories are set, when Joyce, like Clarke, was a young student witnessing turn-of-the-century Dublin. Many of the landmarks that Joyce describes in his works are captured here: the River Liffey, the Merrion Pier and the National Library of Ireland, which now holds J. J. Clarke’s original photography.
Edited by Danis Rose and John O’Hanlan
Introduction by David Greetham
Illustrated by John Vernon Lord £99 ($195)
The Folio Society has recently published the first illustrated edition of Finnegans Wake, Joyce’s experimental masterpiece, for many years. It features twelve intriguing collages by John Vernon Lord, who has also written an insightful introduction in which he outlines the thought process behind each image.
This edition has been set from the definitive Houyhnhnm Press text edited by Danis Rose and John O’Hanlon. Their original preface is included, alongside Seamus Deane’s note on the new edition and David Greetham’s introduction.
Seventeen years in the making, James Joyce’s staggering experiment with language has provoked wonder, veneration, derision and bewilderment. But, more than 70 years after its first publication, it remains for many the pinnacle of creative linguistic achievement in the English – or not quite so English – language.