James Joyce and the Making of Ulysses Oxford Paperback

James Joyce and the Making of Ulysses Oxford Paperback Reference ❴Read❵ ➵ James Joyce and the Making of Ulysses Oxford Paperback Reference Author Frank Budgen – Buyprobolan50.co.uk In Zurich in 1918 and 1919 the English painter Frank Budgen and the Irish writer James Joyce met almost daily to walk talk and drink wine; their talk among other things was of the complex novel Joyce In Zurich in and the English and the PDF/EPUB ì painter Frank Budgen and the Irish writer James Joyce met almost daily to walk talk and drink wine; their talk among other James Joyce PDF/EPUB ² things was of the complex novel Joyce was then writing This captivating study is the record of these conversations and of a continuing friendship as well as an acute critical commentary Joyce and the PDF ☆ on the work itself The only first hand account available of the growth of Ulysses the book is here reissued in its original form together with Budgen's essays of Joyce and the Making of PDF or on Finnegan's Wake his deeply felt obituary of Joyce and his Further Recollections of An introduction by Joyce scholar Clive Hart draws on much unpublished material to trace the history of the book and pay a personal tribute to Frank Budgen his friend who died in at the age of eighty nine.


10 thoughts on “James Joyce and the Making of Ulysses Oxford Paperback Reference

  1. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    Besides Stuart Gilbert's book about Ulysses this is the other excellent book that covers the origins of Ulysses and can be a handy companion as you follow Bloom across Dublin Highly readable and insightful I can recommend this to any fan or potential reader of my favorite book


  2. Thomas Thomas says:

    Joyce was initially wary of Budgen because he thought he might be a spy sent by the British Consulate In time he learned that Budgen was the rare sort of individual who could be his friend an ordinary man of intelligence His account of Joyce during this period is a product of that friendship Joyce was inclined to manipulate scholars and the fact that Budgen was not one and not even a writer gave him license to be honest which is what makes this book so valuable Several times valuable in my opinion than Stuart Gilbert's analysisSome of the accounts in the book will be familiar to those who have read Ellmann's biography because this is where Ellmann got them but in Budgen's hand the stories seem to grow organically He reveals both the brilliance and the weirdness of the man Joyce's fascination with women's drawers for example while at the same time offering a serviceable synopsis of Ulysses 80% of the book focuses on Ulysses and the time that Budgen spent in Zurich with Joyce while he was working on it The other writings focus mainly on Finnegans Wake and they don't succeed as well because he naturally feels the obligation to throw some light on Joyce's Book of the Dark The last essay is an exception Budgen puts away his pretention to scholarship and tells a few stories which is where he excels He isn't a particularly brilliant or insightful scholar he's just a fairly intelligent everyday bloke who knows how to tell a story I would imagine this is why Joyce enjoyed his company and why he shared with Budgen than he did most other men


  3. Ressha Ressha says:

    Really a mixed bag There are some great anecdotes and insights here but you have to wade through a lot of boringly 20th century pontificating about the eternal binaries of EuropeanAsiatic MasculineFeminine cThe first few chapters are great but Budgen soon runs out of his most memorable conversations with Joyce and insteads fills the pages with his musings about the wisdom of Mr Deasy the irritating nature of Jews and other such crap His lengthy summaries of individual chapters were probably useful in an age when Joyce needed some championing but in the fullness of time they only serve as a platform for Budgen to showcase his misunderstandings and rather reductive opinion about the Way the World Works


  4. Zoe Zoe says:

    I'm still on the fence whether one should read Ulysses first or the making of it Perhaps Ulysses is never made for people read only once


  5. Allen Allen says:

    The INSIDE shite


  6. Josh Brown Josh Brown says:

    I found this book's title a bit of a misnomer I can see its value as a primary source from which to write the history of Joyce's composition of Ulysses In itself though this is not a history it is a romanticized portrait of that history The biggest problem I had with this book is its liberal use of direct uotations especially from Joyce that we have no reason to believe are real Also even accepting those conversations' verisimilitude there is an issue with completeness we get bits and pieces of discussion about the writing of Ulysses but the bulk of the book is breezy plot summary and just below the surface analysis We don't learn about the process of composition of each chapter we learn about the contents of each chapter and then occasionally about Joyce's process in generalAll that said AS a romanticized history cum summarizing general analysis this book is a good read This book is like the extra contents on a DVD you know you're being sold a bill of goods but it is packaged well and is enjoyable even so It's definitely better than the Gilbert bookPerhaps the best reason to read this is to see where the party line in early Joyce scholarship or maybe better early Joyce advocacy comes from


  7. Henry Sturcke Henry Sturcke says:

    Those who know than I do about Ulysses and its author James Joyce say that this is best of the voluminous secondary literature I started it immediately after finishing Ulysses and found it enhanced my enjoyment of what I had read Budgen was present at the creation so to speak in that he and Joyce met nearly daily while both lived in Zurich during World War 1 and while Joyce was immersed in his ten year project A rough outline of the contents and style of each of the sections of the book are interspersed with his insights into the man A final chapter deals with what was long called Work in Progress as parts were published eventually Finnegans Wake I always thought that book would be too obscure for me but with Budgen's encouragement I might even tackle that one of these days He makes it sound enjoyable to read This too is a good read although no substitute for reading Ulysses itself


  8. Anthony Anthony says:

    I am torn between three stars and four the insight and the details that come out of the interactions between Budgen and Joyce by itself is very rewarding and the analysis of Ulysses is very informative However Budgen gets repetitive and he starts to depend too much on the uotes from Ulysses three uarters through the book The intent of the chapter on Works in Progress never seems to be successful and definitely relies far too much on copying the textStill absolutely reuired reading for all Joyceans obviously the source of most of the uotes attributed to Joyce about his work and the biggest Joycean of all Frank Delaney cites it so often


  9. James James says:

    This is a great read and a real treasure Budgen was an artist and a friend of Joyce He did not enjoy a formal education but wrote very well Part of the book is a retelling of Ulysses but sprinkled with personal ancedotes some massaged about his interactions with Joyce that illuminate the textHe goes on to talk about Work in Progress which would become Finnegan's Wake Included is a eulogy he wrote after Joyce's passing and another brief biographyNot only critical reading about Joyce but truly enjoyable and uniue reading as well


  10. Tim Tim says:

    An odd little book; I seem to remember that Joyce deliberately misled Budgen but I am not sure at all What I do recall is that this is the book where Joyce tries to make the case that prose ought to be as memorable as memorizable as poetry likening words to the brushstrokes of a great artist


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