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Ulysses annotated : notes for James Joyce's Ulysses
Gifford, Don.
Personal Author:
Second edition, revised and enlarged / Don Gifford.
Publication Information:
Berkeley : University of California Press, 1989.

Physical Description:
xviii, 645 pages, 31 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Notes for Joyce. 1974.
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Central Library PR6019.O9 U647 1988C Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Here substantially revised and expanded, Don Gifford's annotations to Joyce's great modern classic comprise a specialized encyclopedia that will inform any reading of Ulysses . Annotations in this edition are keyed both to the reading text of the new critical edition of Ulysses published in 1984 and to the standard 1961 Random House edition and the current Modern Library and Vintage texts.

Gifford has incorporated over 1,000 additions and corrections to the first edition. The introduction and headnotes to sections provide general geographical, biographical and historical background. The annotations gloss place names, define slang terms, give capsule histories of institutions and political and cultural movements and figures, supply bits of local and Irish legend and lore, explain religious nomenclature and practices, trace literary allusions and references to other cultures.

The suggestive potential of minor details was enormously fascinating to Joyce, and the precision of his use of detail is a most important aspect of his literary method. The annotations in this volume illuminate details which are not in the public realm for most of us.

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Choice Review

A revised and expanded edition of Gifford and Robert Seidman's Notes for Joyce: . . ."Ulysses" (CH, Jun'74). As in that earlier work, Gifford seeks to elucidate the meaning of some of the novel's more obscure references and "to strike a balance between the sense that trivial details are (and should remain) trivial and the sense that they are capable of revelatory metaphoric significance." Place names, slang, background information on Irish history, politics, religion, mythology, culture, and a wealth of literary and topical allusions are glossed. More than 1,000 additions and corrections have been incorporated into the new edition. The annotations are arranged in order of occurrence, and they are keyed both to the episode and line number of Hans Walter Gabler's new critical edition of Ulysses (CH, Dec'84) and to the page and line numbers of the 1961 Random House edition. References to page numbers in the 1934 edition have been dropped. The maps in the new edition are less detailed, but clearer and much easier to read. The introduction includes new material on "Time in Ulysses" and "Ulysses and Its Times," and a revised "Note on Monetary Values." A useful index and a list of "Rhetorical Figures in Aeolus'" is included. An indispensable tool for Joyce students, this new volume will be a welcome addition to all reference collections alongside Weldon Thornton's somewhat overlapping, but mostly complementary, Allusions in "Ulysses" (CH, Mar'68). Highly recommended. -W. M. Gargan, Brooklyn College, CUNY

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