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Richard Ellmann


Born
in Highland Park, Michigan, The United States
March 15, 1918

Died
May 13, 1987

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Richard David Ellmann was a prominent American literary critic and biographer of the Irish writers James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, and William Butler Yeats. Ellmann's James Joyce (1959), for which he won the National Book Award in 1960, is considered one of the most acclaimed literary biographies of the 20th century and the 1982 revised edition of the work was similarly recognised with the award of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. A liberal humanist, Ellmann's academic work generally focused on the major modernist writers of the twentieth century. ...more

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Oscar Wilde

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James Joyce

4.35 avg rating — 2,587 ratings — published 1959 — 36 editions
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The Norton Anthology of Mod...

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Yeats: The Man and the Masks

4.08 avg rating — 299 ratings — published 1948 — 13 editions
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Four Dubliners: Wilde, Yeat...

3.82 avg rating — 136 ratings — published 1986 — 17 editions
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Ulysses on the Liffey

3.82 avg rating — 115 ratings — published 1972 — 8 editions
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Modern Poems: An Introducti...

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The New Oxford Book of Amer...

4.17 avg rating — 41 ratings — published 1976 — 3 editions
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The Trial of Oscar Wilde

3.53 avg rating — 36 ratings2 editions
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The Modern Tradition: Backg...

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“Drift beautifully on the surface, and you will die unbeautifully in the depths.”
Richard Ellmann

“Wilde had to live his life twice over, first in slow motion, then at top speed. During the first period he was a scapegrace, during the second a scapegoat. For the three and a half years he lived after his release from prison, he saw pass before him, mostly in dumb show, a multitude of people he had known earlier, who evaded him.”
Richard Ellmann, Oscar Wilde

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