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Summary Article: Dubliners
from Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase and Fable

A collection of short stories by James JOYCE, his first published prose work (1914). Dubliners is Joyce's take on the city of his birth. The dominant theme is middle-class, post-Parnellite paralysis, and the style is of its period. The occasional lushness of imagery is at times at variance with the nature of stories written ‘with scrupulous neatness’, as the author described them to his publisher Grant Richards. ‘IVY DAY AT THE COMMITTEE ROOM’ is an ironic tribute to the ‘dead king’ (Parnell), and the longest and closing story ‘The DEAD’ is a kind of epitome of the Ireland Joyce was sturdily rejecting.

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