• Publication Date: July 11, 2016
  • ISBN: 9781554811229 / 1554811228
  • 336 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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  • Publication Date: July 11, 2016
  • ISBN: 9781554811229 / 1554811228
  • 336 pages; 5½" x 8½"

This group of fifteen brief narratives connected by a place and a time—the city of Dublin at the beginning of the twentieth century—was written when James Joyce was a precocious young graduate of University College. With great subtlety and artistic restraint, Joyce suggests what lies beneath the pieties of Dublin society and its surface drive for respectability, suggesting the difficulties and despairs that were being endured on a daily basis in the homes, pubs, streets, and offices of the city: underemployment, domestic violence, alcoholism, poverty, hunger, emotional and sexual repression. No writer ever took more seriously the details, history, and culture of a particular place than Joyce did with his home city, and these stories combine dark humor with compassion and a searching eye for the causes of suffering.

This new edition’s historical appendices include contemporary reviews (among them one by Ezra Pound) and materials on religion, the struggle for Irish independence, and Dublin’s musical and performance culture.


“Keri Walsh’s Broadview edition of Dubliners will deepen and enliven any reader’s experience of Joyce’s book. Included here are extensive appendices of primary materials that contextualize Joyce’s fictional world in terms of Ireland’s social, cultural, religious, and economic history, and in terms of the book’s troubled publication history, its early reception, and its place in literary history. Walsh’s introductory essay lays out the stakes of Joyce’s fraught relationship with Dublin and its denizens with clarity, concision, wit, and readability. Nowhere else have I read Joyce’s early life and work so essentially distilled, and rarely have I read Dubliners so artfully described. I expect Walsh’s Broadview edition of Dubliners to be around for a long time to come.” — Michael Rubenstein, Stony Brook University

“Keri Walsh, as we already know from her collection of Sylvia Beach’s letters, is an archivist who blends the conscience of an ethnographer with the touch of a lover. She has achieved something genuinely exhilarating in this edition of Dubliners — transformed us into Joyce’s contemporaries while simultaneously renewing the book as a contemporary text, richly teachable and learnable, for twenty-first century readers, students, and scholars.” — Saikat Majumdar, author of Prose of the World: Modernism and the Banality of Empire

“In an age when anthologized literary may give students the impression that the texts they are given to study arrived already canonized, Walsh’s approach—the provision of text, subtext, pretext, and context—allows an appreciation of the contingency of both creation and reputation, and is therefore an approach full of merit.” —Stephen Whittaker, James Joyce Literary Supplement

“Walsh’s entertaining prose moves competently and gracefully among many aspects of Dublin life and Irish history that have an immediate bearing on the stories … Deftly juggling and ordering so many layers of concerns, Walsh’s essay gives and ideal opening performance, drawing out questions and alerting readers to the details and controversies of the stories while refraining from editorializing or providing a simple, singular answer. In this sense, it makes a nicely polished critical looking glass that opens up many reflective possibilities for readers of Dubliners … The stories are evenly and skillfully annotated by Walsh; the level and depth of her notes also sustain the historical and cultural contexts developed in the critical essay and supplementary materials … Her annotative style is disciplined and concise, providing just the right amount of information about archaic vocabulary or arcane allusions. At their best, her annotations show readers the active interpretive choices that confront them in particular moments.” — Greg Winston, James Joyce Quarterly

James Joyce: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text


  • The Sisters
  • An Encounter
  • Araby
  • Eveline
  • After the Race
  • Two Gallants
  • The Boarding House
  • A Little Cloud
  • Counterparts
  • Clay
  • A Painful Case
  • Ivy Day in the Committee Room
  • A Mother
  • Grace
  • The Dead

Appendix A: Contemporary Reviews

  • 1. Times Literary Supplement (18 June 1914)
  • 2. From Athenaeum (20 June 1914)
  • 3. From New Statesman (27 June 1914)
  • 4. Everyman Review (3 July 1914)
  • 5. Academy (11 July 1914)
  • 6. From Ezra Pound, “Dubliners and Mr. James Joyce,” The Egoist (15 July 1914)
  • 7. Irish Book Lover (November 1914)

Appendix B: Literary Contexts

  • 1. From Matthew Arnold, “On the Study of Celtic Literature” (1867)
  • 2. From Padraic Colum, “With James Joyce in Ireland,” The New York Times Book Review (11 June 1922)
  • 3. From Henry James, “The Story-Teller at Large: Mr. Henry Harland,” The Fortnightly Review (April 1898)
  • 4. From Émile Zola, Preface to Thérèse Raquin: A Realistic Novel (1887)
  • 5. Caroline Sheridan Norton, “The Arab’s Farewell to His Horse” (1830)
  • 6. From W.B. Yeats, “Ireland and the Arts” (1901)
  • 7. From John Eglinton, “The Philosophy of the Celtic Movement” (1918)

Appendix C: Dublin Musical and Performance Culture

  • 1. From Augusta Gregory, “West Irish Ballads” (1903)
  • 2. Charles Dibdin, “The Lass that Loves a Sailor” (1811)
  • 3. George Linley, “Arrayed for the Bridal” (1835)
  • 4. Anonymous, “The Lass of Aughrim” (date unknown)
  • 5. Alfred Bunn and Michael William Balfe, “I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls” (“The Dream”) (1843)
  • 6. “Dougherty’s Boarding House” (1909)

Appendix D: Emigration

  • 1. From Rev. Michael J. Henry, “A Century of Irish Emigration” (1900)
  • 2. From Maud Gonne, “Ways of Checking Emigration,” United Irishman (15 October 1901)
  • 3. Philip Francis Little, “Farewell to the Land,” The New Ireland Review (September 1901)
  • 4. From Sophie Raffalovich O’brien, “Parents and Children” (1904)

Appendix E: Religion, Home Rule, and the Struggle for Independence

  • 1. From Charles Stewart Parnell’s Address in Cork, Cork Examiner (22 January 1885)
  • 2. From Katharine Tynan, “The Parnell Split” (1912)
  • 3. From Filson Young, “Holy Ireland” (1903)
  • 4. Maud Gonne, “The Famine Queen,” United Irishman (7 April 1900)
  • 5. From Michael J.F. McCarthy, “In Catholic Dublin” (1903)

Select Bibliography and Further Reading

Keri Walsh is Assistant Professor of English at Fordham University. She is the editor of The Letters of Sylvia Beach (Columbia University Press, 2010).