Simply Joyce
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James Joyce’s name is often associated with his “difficult” masterpiece, Ulysses. But for many people, the Irish writer, as well as his funny and deeply human writings, remain unknown or extremely difficult. In Simply Joyce, scholar Margot Norris offers a thoroughly accessible introduction to both Joyce the man and all of his remarkable works, illuminating a singular literary personality and providing an entry point into one of the most imaginative writers of the 20th century.


Margot Norris, Chancellor’s Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine prior to her retirement in 2011, specializes in early twentieth century literature, with a particular focus on the work of James Joyce. She served as president of the International James Joyce Foundation from 2004 to 2008, and is the author of numerous publications on Joyce. Her books include The Decentered Universe of “Finnegans Wake” (1976), Joyce’s Web: The Social Unraveling of Modernism (1992), and Virgin and Veteran Readings of “Ulysses” (2011).