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Joyce, James (Author); Gabler, Hans Walter (Editor) & Ellmann, Richard (Contributor). ULYSSES: THE CORRECTED TEXT. New York City, NY: Random House, 1986. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 650 pages. Fine/Fine.

The Corrected Text of the author's masterpiece. One of the greatest novels of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in this edition and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, of which there are many. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition Thus is now rare. Re-presents James Joyce's "Ulysses". The Corrected Text. Also known as "The Gabler Edition" (after Hans Walter Gabler, its editor), it is the standard text adopted by universities. An admirable achievement as such, it is regarded as definitive by most Joyce scholars, and benefits from the explicit blessing of Joyce biographer Richard Ellmann, who contributes an Introductory Essay. Gabler arrived at The Corrected Text after seven years of hard labor. He combed through and perused manuscript pages, early proofs, and Joyce's own corrections, thereby "fixing 5000 errors involving punctuation, omitted words, phrases, and entire sentences, an average of seven flaws for every printed page" (The New York Times). Now, like every such human undertaking, The Corrected Text has had its fair share of detractors as well, human nature such as it is. To whom Herr Gabler can only say: Put up or shut up. Come up with your own version and let us all have a look, a challenge that no one has taken up more than thirty-four years later (as of 2019). "To this day, it remains the Modernist masterpiece, in which the author takes both Celtic lyricism and vulgarity to splendid extremes. It is funny, sorrowful, and even suspenseful. Despite the exegetical industry that has sprung up in the last 75 years, it is also a compulsively readable book. Even the verbal vaudeville of the final chapters can be navigated with relative ease, as long as you're willing to be buffeted, tickled, challenged, and vexed by Joyce's sheer command of the English language. The most important contribution to literature in the 20th century" (Joseph Collins). Whether or not one has a copy of the 1922 Shakespeare And Company First Edition (which has the most number of errors per page, vehemently compiled by Joyce himself) or any of the subsequent editions, which all aspired, in effect, to be The Corrected Text, this is the one that gives the novel "a commendably high polish, its perfections fully recovered" (Richard Ellmann). An absolute "must-have" title for James Joyce collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing of The Corrected Text still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: The full number line that includes the Number 2 (instead of the Number 1) with the "First Edition" statement were the Random House "true first" indications at the time of the book's publication. Copies available online have serious flaws, are subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JAMES JOYCE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 039455373X. $100.00

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