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The Oxford Companion to English Literature
Dinah BirchDinah Birch

A volume of short stories by James *Joyce, published in 1914. Focusing on life in Dublin, the stories follow a pattern of childhood, adolescence, maturity, and public life, culminating with the longest, ‘The Dead’, frequently described as ‘the finest short story in English’. Joyce intended them to be a ‘chapter of the moral history [of Ireland]’, set them in Dublin ‘because that city seemed to [him] the centre of paralysis’, and wrote them in what he called ‘a style of scrupulous meanness’. Because of Joyce's frankness and his insistence on publishing without deletion or alteration, he found himself in the first of what would be several battles with publishers who refused to print his work without excisions, as well as the focus of a brief campaign for freedom to publish (in the pages, for example, of ... ...

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