ISBN : 9780198834175
This book is both a study of how James Joyce created two of the most iconic characters in literature-Leopold Bloom and Marion Tweedy Bloom-as well as a history of the genesis of Ulysses. From a genetic critical perspective, it explores the conception and evolution of the Blooms as fictional characters in the work's wide range of surviving notes and manuscripts. At the same time, it also chronicles the production of Ulysses from 1917 to its first edition in 1922 and beyond. Based on decades of research, it is an original engagement with the textual archive of Ulysses, including the exciting, recently-discovered manuscripts now in the National Library of Ireland.
Luca Crispi excavates the raw material and examines the creative processes Joyce deployed in the construction of the Blooms and so the writing of Ulysses. Framed by a contextual introduction and four bibliographical appendices, the seven main chapters are a critical investigation of the fictional events and memories that constitute the 'lives' of the Blooms. Thereby, it is also a commentary on Joyce's conception of Ulysses more generally. Crispi analyzes how the stories in the published book achieved their final form and discloses previously unexamined versions of them for everyone who enjoys reading Ulysses.
This book demonstrates the various ways in which specialist textual work on the genesis of Ulysses directly intersects with other critical and interpretive readings. This volume is a behind-the-scenes guide to the creation of one of the most important books ever written.
1 Introductory Contexts
2 Boylansday: 16 June 1904
3 The Genesis of Leopold Bloom: 1866-86
4 Marion Tweedy-Becoming Molly: 1870-86
5 The Courtship of Leopold Bloom and Marion Tweedy: July 1886 - October 1888
6 Married Life: 1888-93
7 Life Goes On: 1893-1902
8 7 Eccles Street: 17 June 1904
App 1. A Brief Overview and Glossary of the Kinds of Ulysses Manuscripts and Documents
App 2 A Census of the Extant Ulysses Manuscripts by Episodes
App 3 A Chronological List of Extant Ulysses Manuscripts and Typescripts
App 4 A Chronological List of Ulysses in Proofs: June 1921 to January 1922 (Paris)