Ulysses

by Joyce, James

Ulysses is a modernist novel by James Joyce. It was first serialized in The Little Review from March 1918 to December 1920 and later published by Shakespeare and Company in 1922. Originally, Joyce conceived of Ulysses as a short story to be included in Dubliners, but decided instead to publish it as a long novel, situated as a sort of sequel to A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, picking up Stephen Dedalus’s life over a year later. Ulysses takes place on a single day, June 16, 1904, in Dublin - now celebrated as Bloomsday annually.

Within the massive text of 265,000 words (not so “short” anymore, eh?), divided into 18 episodes, Joyce radically shifts narrative style with each new episode, completely abandoning the previously accepted notions of plot, setting, and characters. The presentation of a fragmented reality through interior perception in Ulysses, often through stream-of-consciousness, is one of many reasons it is considered a paramount in Modernist literature. 

Ulysses presents a series of parallels with Homer’s epic poem Odyssey (Ulysses is the Latinized name of Odysseus.) Not only can correspondences be drawn between the main characters of each text — Stephen Dedalus to Telemachus, Leopold Bloom to Odysseus, and Molly Bloom to Penelope, but each of the 18 episodes of Ulysses reflects an adventure from the Odyssey.

In 1998, the American publishing firm Modern Library ranked Ulysses first on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.

February 2022 will mark the centennial of the publishing of Ulysses, with auctions, sales, and celebrations by Joyce fans scheduled around the globe.From our Book Collecting Guide: Collecting Ulysses https://www.biblio.com/book-collecting/basics/collecting-one-book/collecting-ulysses-by-james-joyce/

First edition identification

Unable to find a publisher in the U.S. or U.K., Ulysses was first published in book form by Shakespeare and Company in Paris in 1922. This first edition appeared in blue and white printed wrappers in an edition of only 1,000 copies which are among the most highly sought after modern first editions, commanding prices in the range of $40,000 - $75,000. A signed first edition could easily fetch over $100,000.

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

There have been at least 18 editions and variations in different impressions of each edition, though some are certainly more notable than others. Harriet Weaver of the Egoist Press published the first “English edition” of Ulysses later in 1922. Following the publication of this edition, the text was banned and the novel forced underground. In 1933, Random House successfully applied to the US courts to overturn the ban and published its first American edition in January 1935. However, a pirated Roth edition was published in New York in 1929. Other notable editions include the first U.K. Edition, published by John Lane / the Bodley Head in London in 1936, the first U.S. Random House edition of 1935 and the Limited Editions Club edition of 1935 (with illustrations by Henry Matisse).

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Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922. Ulysses was published in Paris by Shakespeare & Company, 1922. It was a struggle for the author to find a publisher, a comic irony considering that Ulysses is "[u]niversally hailed as the most influential work of modern times" (Grolier Joyce 69). Ulysses was an immediate success. The first printing sold out, and "within a… Read more about this item
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Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1924 . Paperback. Good Only. 8.5" by 7". None. The uncommon September 1924 fifth printing of of James Joyce's modernist masterpiece, in the publisher's original paper wraps. Published two years after the first edition, this is the fifth printing overall of Joyce's magnum opus, and the third from Shakespeare and company.Joyce's novel chronicles the… Read more about this item
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London: John Lane the Bodley Head, 1937. First British trade edition. Near Fine/Near Fine. First British trade edition, first printing. [viii], 766, [2] pp. Publisher's green cloth with gilt lettering. Very Near Fine with subtle bowing to boards, a little offsetting to endpapers and few tiny stains, in an unclipped dust jacket, very lightly shelfworn, else Fine. An… Read more about this item
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Hamburg: The Odyssey Press, 1932. First edition. Cloth. Very Good. 7" by 4.5". None. A scarce, first one volume cloth edition of James Joyce's leading modernist novel, 'Ulysses'. A first thus. The first one volume edition in cloth issued by the Odyssey press of Hamburg. This edition is composed in Baskerville type, and has been printed on thin… Read more about this item
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Ulysses : roman -- [Ulysses in Russian]

by Джеймс Джойс / James Joyce; Translated by V. Hinkis and S. Horuzhij

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