Capital James Joyce
Thursday, July 7, 7:30 pm

The Capital James Joyce book group is led by Maureen Murphy and meets online the first Thursday of each month, at 7:30 p.m. and would love to have new members join. Please email bookgroups@politics-prose.com to recieve info to connect with the group.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Centennial Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Centennial Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (Paperback)

By James Joyce, Karl Ove Knausgaard (Foreword by), Seamus Deane (Notes by), Roman Muradov (Illustrator)


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For the centennial of its original publication, a beautiful Deluxe Edition of one of Joyce’s greatest works—featuring an introduction by Karl Ove Knausgaard, author the New York Times bestselling six-volume autobiographical novel My Struggle, which has been likened to a 21st-century Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
The first, shortest, and most approachable of James Joyce’s novels, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man portrays the Dublin upbringing of Stephen Dedalus, from his youthful days at Clongowes Wood College to his radical questioning of all convention. In doing so, it provides an oblique self-portrait of the young Joyce himself. At its center lie questions of origin and source, authority and authorship, and the relationship of an artist to his family, culture, and race. Exuberantly inventive in style, the novel subtly and beautifully orchestrates the patterns of quotation and repetition instrumental in its hero’s quest to create his own character, his own language, life, and art: “to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.”
This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, published for the novel’s centennial, is the definitive text, authorized by the Joyce estate and collated from all known proofs, manuscripts, and impressions to reflect the author’s original wishes.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
James Joyce (1882–1941), an Irish poet and novelist, was one of the most celebrated writers of the twentieth century. His works include Ulysses, Dubliners, and Finnegans Wake.

Karl Ove Knausgaard (foreword) is the author of the New York Times bestselling six-volume autobiographical novel My Struggle, a global literary phenomenon that has won numerous international literary awards and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. He was born in 1968 in Oslo, Norway, and now lives in Sweden.

Seamus Deane (introduction and notes), professor of English and the Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and the general editor of the works of James Joyce for Penguin Classics.

Roman Muradov (cover illustrator) has done illustrations for an array of clients, including The New YorkerThe New York TimesVogue, NPR, and Dark Horse Comics. He lives in San Francisco.

Product Details ISBN: 9780143108245
ISBN-10: 0143108247
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: May 24th, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
“Magical . . . A coming-of-age story, perhaps the prime example of that genre in English literature . . . Even now, twenty-seven years after reading it for the first time, its moods come back to me.” —Karl Ove Knausgaard, from the Foreword

“One believes in Stephen Dedalus as one believes in few characters in fiction.” —H. G. Wells

“[Mr. Joyce is] concerned at all costs to reveal the flickerings of that innermost flame which flashes its myriad message through the brain, he disregards with complete courage whatever seems to him adventitious, though it be probability or coherence or any other of the handrails to which we cling for support when we set our imaginations free.” —Virginia Woolf

“[A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man will] remain a permanent part of English literature.” —Ezra Pound

WAITING FOR GODOT, by Beckett NOTE: Meeting Online

Capital James Joyce
Thursday, February 3, 7:30 pm

We meet the first Thursday of each month, at 7:30 p.m. online. We will continue reading Beckett's Waiting for Godot at our February 3, 2022, meeting, and would love to have new members join us. Please email bookgroups@politics-prose.com to sign up.

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Waiting for Godot/En Attendant Godot (Paperback)

By Samuel Beckett, Samuel Beckett (Translator), S. E. Gontarski (Introduction by)


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From an inauspicious beginning at the tiny Left Bank Th tre de Babylone in 1953, followed by bewilderment among American and British audiences, Waiting for Godot has become one of the most important and enigmatic plays of the past fifty years and a cornerstone of twentieth-century drama. As Clive Barnes wrote, "Time catches up with genius. . . . Waiting for Godot is one of the masterpieces of the century."

Beckett wrote the play in French and then translated it into English himself. In doing so he chose to revise and eliminate various passages. With side-by-side text, the reader can experience the mastery of Beckett's language and explore its nuances. Upon being asked who Godot is, Samuel Beckett told director Alan Schneider, "If I knew, I would have said so in the play." Although we may never know who we are waiting for, in this special edition we can rediscover one of the most poignant and humorous allegories of our time.

SAMUEL BECKETT (1906-1989), one of the leading literary and dramatic figures of the twentieth century, was born in Foxrock, Ireland, and attended Trinity University in Dublin. In 1928, he visited Paris for the first time and fell in with a number of avant-garde writers and artists, including James Joyce. In 1937, he settled in Paris permanently. Beckett wrote in both English and French, though his best-known works are mostly in the latter language. A prolific writer of novels, short stories, and poetry, he is remembered principally for his works for the theater, which belong to the tradition of the Theater of the Absurd and are characterized by their minimalist approach, stripping drama to its barest elements. In 1969, Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and commended for having 'transformed the destitution of man into his exaltation.' Beckett died in Paris in 1989.
Product Details ISBN: 9780802144638
ISBN-10: 0802144632
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: July 13th, 2010
Pages: 368
Language: English

One of the true masterpieces of the century.” Clive Barnes, The New York Times

One of the most noble and moving plays of our generation, a threnody of hope deceived and deferred but never extinguished; a play suffused with tenderness for the whole human perplexity; with phrases that come like a sharp stab of beauty and pain.”
The Times (London)

Beckett is an incomparable spellbinder. He writes with rhetoric and music that . . . make a poet green with envy.” Stephen Spender

Reading Beckett for the first time is an experience like no other in modern literature.”
Paul Auster

[Godot is ] among the most studied, monographed, celebrated and sent-up works of modern art, and perhaps as influential as any from the last century. The nonstory of two tramps at loose ends in a landscape barren of all but a single tree, amusing or distracting themselves from oppressive boredom while they wait for a mysterious figure who never arrives, the play became the ur-text for theatrical innovation and existential thought in the latter half of 20th century.” Christopher Isherwood, The New York Times

ULYSSES, by Joyce

Capital James Joyce
Thursday, April 2, 7:30 pm

The Capital James Joyce Book Group meets on the 1st Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Den. The group is led by Maureen Murphy mmaureenmmurphy@me.com

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Ulysses (Gabler Edition) (Paperback)


The Gabler edition of Ulysses, the greatest 20th-century novel written in English, contains corrections to more than 5,000 errors in earlier editions.

Almost as soon as Ulysses first appeared, in Paris in 1922, James Joyce began to compile a list of errata, and publishers have continued the process ever since, often inadvertently adding to the list. In 1974, an international team of scholars headed by Professor Hans Walter Gabler began to study manuscript evidence, typescripts, and proofs in order to produce as accurate and complete a new edition as possible. First published in 1984, the Gabler edition was hailed as a monumental achievement, one that makes this great and complex novel more accessible and enjoyable than ever before. Also included is a preface by the distinguished Joyce scholar Richard Ellmann, a foreword and note on the text by Gabler, and an afterword by Michael Groden.

Set entirely on one day, 16 June 1904, Ulysses follows Leopold Bloom and Stephen Daedalus as they go about their daily business in Dublin. From this starting point, James Joyce constructs a novel of extraordinary imaginative richness and depth. Unique in the history of literature, Ulysses is one of the most important and enjoyable works of the twentieth century.
James Joyce, the twentieth century’s most influential novelist, was born in Dublin on February 2, 1882. After receiving a rigorous Jesuit education, twenty-year-old Joyce renounced his Catholicism and left Dublin in 1902 to spend most of his life as a writer in exile in Paris, Trieste, Rome, and Zurich. His writings include Chamber Music (1907), Dubliners (1914), A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), Exiles (1918), Ulysses (1922), Pomes Penyeach (1927), and Finnegan's Wake (1939). Ulysses required seven years to complete and Finnegan's Wake, took seventeen. Both works revolutionized the form, structure, and content of the novel. Joyce died in Zurich in 1941.
Product Details ISBN: 9780394743127
ISBN-10: 0394743121
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: May 12th, 1986
Pages: 680
Language: English
Series: Vintage
"[The Gabler edition] fixes 5,000 errors . . . involving punctuation, omitted words, phrases, and even entire sentences, an average of seven flaws for every printed page." --The New York Times