Ulysses: Annotated Edition

By James Joyce

ISBN: 9781847497765

832 pages

RRP: £6.39

Controversial, scandalous, erudite and funny, Ulysses is undisputedly a landmark of twentieth-century modernism. It charts one day – 16th June 1904 – in the lives of three inhabitants of Dublin: the advertising salesman Leopold Bloom, the artist Stephen Dedalus and Bloom’s wife Molly. Their peregrinations, thoughts and encounters form the basis of the narrative, which becomes a celebration of all human experience through the lives of specific individuals in a specific place at a specific time. Ulysses is both an experimental novel and a book intimately concerned with the events of modern life.

A lively repository of literary allusion and colloquial realism, this dazzlingly innovative, ambitious novel is here presented in its 1939 Odyssey Press version, which is regarded as the most accurate text published in Joyce’s lifetime. This edition also includes over 9,000 notes by Joyce scholars Sam Slote, Marc A. Mamigonian and John Turner.

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  • This is a text of choice for first-time and established readers alike

    Variants: The Journal of the European Society for Textual Scholarship

  • [The annotations] are exacting, full, textured and, yes, economical of expression.

    Jeri Johnson
    James Joyce Quarterly

  • I love this edition. The explanatory notes don’t get in the way of the text but rather send me seamlessly back with renewed interest. The beautiful paper falls flat to the touch and when I first opened it I came across the note for p.125. I never knew that Staggering Bob was veal made from calves so young they were still staggering. I found myself reading the tremendous Lestrygonians Episode again – Joyce’s terrible and wonderful song of how and what we consume. One can never get to the bottom of Ulysses.

    Martina Evans

  • Anyone looking for an accurate, annotated Ulysses will find one here.


  • [The] annotations are by far the most systematic, the most thorough, the most scholarly, of any single-volume Ulysses … The notes on scientific and technical terms are particularly clear.

    The Irish Times

  • [The] annotation is extensive, diligent and unfussy, and offers a serious rival to Jeri Johnson's notes in the Oxford edition.

    The Tablet

  • [This edition] provides perhaps the clearest insight into the finely grained details of Ulysses of any yet on offer.

    The Irish Times

James Joyce

Born in Dublin, James Joyce (1882–1941) spent most of his life abroad, living in Trieste, Paris and Zurich. His writings, however, mainly centre on Dublin – most famously Ulysses, Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. He pioneered and perfected avant-garde prose techniques that saw him rise to the rank of one of Europe’s foremost Modernists.