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  • Author – James Joyce
  • Genre – Modernist Novel
  • Date – 1922

Ulysses is a novel written by Irish writer James Joyce, and it was first published in serialized parts in the American Journal The Little Review. It began on March 1918 and the entire serialized novel was completed on December 1920. The story of Ulysses chronicles the journey of Leopold Bloom through an ordinary day in Dublin, 16 June 1904. Ulysses is the Latin names to name of Odysseus who is the hero of home is where others see, this is because the novel Ulysses in some way establishes some parallels between the characters and events of these two novels.

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History

The publication history of Ulysses is a matter of great dispute and is shrouded in obscurity. This is because there have been at least 18 different editions with variations and different impressions of each addition. And Joyce’s handwritten manuscripts were also tied by a number of amateur typists.

According to Joyce scholar Jack Barrett in, the first edition of Ulysses is still considered to be the most accurate edition published even though it had more than 2000 errors.

Summary

Ulysses was written in parts, or episodes and every episode of the less years centered on the theme, techniques and correspondence between the characters and those from Odyssey. Ulysses begins at 8 AM on Thursday, June 16, 1904, in Dublin, Ireland where Stephen Dedalus, interacts with his housemates. His equal to stick a medical student Buck Mulligan, and the overly reserved English student Haynes. The narrator then moves throughout the day following Stephen around Dublin where he meets a number of different characters and a variety of people.

Again during the time of the narrative Stephen’s meets with two other main characters of the novel, who are Leopold Bloom and Molly Bloom. The story is a multi-point of view story revolving around the lives of each of the characters. And it ends with Stephen who refused to live with Leopold and Molly Bloom finding out that his roommates do not want him to stay with them.

Literary Reception and Critical Reception

In a review TS Eliot said that Ulysses is the most important expression, which the present age has not found. The Modern Library in 1999 ranked Ulysses first on its list of hundred best-selling English-language novels of the 20th century. Ulysses has also been called a very prominent landmark in modernist literature with unprecedented, unequaled linguistic and stylistic themes.

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