James Joyce's Dublin

James Joyce's Dublin

A Topographical Guide to the Dublin of Ulysses

  1. Ian Gunn
  2. Clive Hart
  • ISBN 9780500511596
  • 30.00 x 24.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 160pp
  • With 121 illustrations, including 30 photographs (29 in duotone), 81 maps and 10 figures
  • First published 2004
‘A wonderful series of maps, timetables, floorplans and photographs … the book brings all kinds of unexpected delights and it is a deep insight’ – The Times

James Joyce’s Dublin was published on the centenary of 'Bloomsday' the day of the action in Ulysses.

Among other things, Ulysses is one of the most realistic novels ever written.
Commentary on it has often focused on its crucial place in the history of modernism and its break with narrative convention, but the authors of James Joyce's Dublin examine instead the importance of its basis in physical fact.

The characters, many of them Dubliners appearing under their own names, visit shops and pubs, some of which can still be located in the streets of Dublin. This book offers a full account of them all and analyses their significance in the narrative revealing many otherwise hidden relationships and ironies.

As there is a wealth of correspondences, many of which depend for their effect on a knowledge of who is doing what, and where, the authors offer a detailed timetable of the book’s action, relating event to event.

James Joyce’s Dublin includes
• detailed maps based on early twentieth-century originals
• an analysis of Joyce’s use of Thom’s Official Directory of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
• an account of the characters’ movements
• a list of the postal addresses of characters and places
• a timetable of events
• historical illustrations, mainly of places and monuments that no longer survive.

This unique collection enables the reader to approach more fully the perspective of the native Dubliner in 1904 and enhance the delights – and the understanding – of Joyce’s great novel.