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Book: Paperback | 129 x 198mm | 1040 pages | ISBN 9780141182803 | 23 Mar 2000 | Penguin Classics | Adult

Literature, as Joyce tells us through the character of Stephen Dedalus, 'is the eternal affirmation of the spirit of man'. Written over a seven-year period, from 1914 to 1921, Ulysses has survived bowderlization, legal action and bitter controversy. An undisputed modernist classic, its ceaseless verbal inventiveness and astonishingly wide-ranging allusions confirm its standing as an imperishable monument to the human condition. Declan Kiberd says in his introduction Ulysses is 'An endlessly open book of utopian epiphanies. It holds a mirror up to the colonial capital that was Dublin on 16 June 1904, but it also offers redemptive glimpses of a future world which might be made over in terms of those utopian moments.'

This edition is the standard Random House/Bodley Head text that first appeared in 1960.

'The greatest single work in the English literature of the twentieth century' Anthony Burgess

'Ulysses is the most important contribution that has been made to fictional literature in the twentieth century … it is likely that there is no one writing English today that could parallel Joyce's feat’ Dr Joseph Collins, New York Times