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Occasional, Critical, and Political Writing

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A unique anthology of Joyce's non-fictional writings, this volume addresses diverse issues such as aesthetics, the functions of the press, censorship, Irish cultural history, English literature and Empire. The collection includes newspaper articles, reviews, lectures and essays, and covers 40 years of Joyce's life. These pieces also clarify and illuminate the transformatio ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 21st 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting look into the journalism and academic writing of Joyce, which traces delightfully the author's progression in his aesthetic journey. A collection such as this would be expected to be dry in places, and whilst not every page is a joy to read, some texts slog, especially where original manuscript pages are missing.
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A hodgepodge of different styles and genres, though mostly political journalism and literary criticism. The latter were easier to understand without a really in depth knowledge of 1890's-1910's Irish politics. My favorite pieces were "the study of languages" and "Ireland; land of saints and sages."
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