A first post about Ulysses.

I’m about to embark on a transcontinental, internet-based group reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses. The original goal was to begin reading the book on September 1, but since I’ve been busy and a bit negligent, I haven’t gotten around to posting links on The Art of Reading to Indie Bound so my fellow readers can purchase the book through my blog, if they so choose.

There are several editions of Ulysses available today. To find one, I’d recommend visiting a local used or independent bookstore, checking out what they have available, and proceeding from there. I’m also going to provide purchasing links and a little bit of background on each of the available editions right here. If you follow the links, you’ll be taken to indiebound.org, where you’ll be able to purchase whichever edition you choose from an independent bookseller near you (their website will provide you with a list of nearby stores to purchase from, all online). Since I now work for an independent bookstore, I feel more strongly than ever that you should buy your books from them!! Also, if you do buy a book through The Art of Reading, I’ll receive a small percentage of the proceeds. But I care very little about that. Go visit your local bookstore, new or used, purchase online, whatever’s best for you. And if you’re not on my list already but you’d like to join this intrepid little reading group, just shoot me an email pronto.

Vintage paperback edition following the complete unabridged text as corrected in 1961.
This edition is $17.95, ISBN: 9780679722762.

Everyman’s Library edition of the unabridged 1961 text.
Hardcover at $27.50, ISBN: 9780679455134.

This edition follows the 1986 text corrections uncovered by German scholar Hans Walter Gabler. It’s a paperback at $21.00, ISBN: 9780394743127. Some people (lots of them) think the Gabler corrections are great. Others feel fiercely that the 1961 corrected edition is the truer version.

An unabridged republication of the original Shakespeare and Company edition, published in Paris by Sylvia Beach in 1922.
This one’s a paperback at $12.99, ISBN: 9780486474700. I’m not sure I’d recommend this one…I’ve heard the uncorrected text contains a lot of errors.

Other recommended reading, if, you know, you’ve got buckets of time on your hands (or, like me, you don’t sleep): Homer’s The Odyssey, Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and The Dubliners, and Shakespeare’s Hamlet. You could also consider a copy of

The New Bloomsday Book: A Guide Through Ulysses


Ulysses Annotated
, though I’ll be referring to one or both of these throughout, so they shouldn’t be necessary for everyone (or for anyone other than me, depending on your personal interest level).

For more information on various editions of Ulysses, and guides thereto, I’ve found this website really helpful: http://www.themodernword.com/joyce/joyce_works_ulysses.html.

That’s all from me, for now. I hope we’ll all be ready to begin in a week or two.

Whoo-hoo! Who’s excited?