Dubliners, A Longman Cultural Edition

Sean Latham  
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February 2010
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From Longman's Cultural Edition series, this new edition of Dubliners, edited by Sean Latham, recovers the cultural complexity of James Joyce's stories, locating them amid the tumultuous debates about politics, culture, and aesthetics that helped drive Joyce out of Ireland and into the world of his imagination. 


The first book by one of the twentieth century's greatest writers, Dubliners comprises fifteen complexly interwoven stories that helped establish the literary revolution we now call modernism.  These haunting tales illuminate the seemingly inconsequential events of everyday life, unsettling readers by opening up the subtle mysteries of selfhood, language and history. 


Handsomely produced and affordably priced, the Longman Cultural Editions series presents classic works in provocative and illuminating contexts-cultural, critical, and literary. Each Cultural Edition consists of the complete texts of important literary works, reliably edited, headed by an inviting introduction, and supplemented by helpful annotations; a table of dates to track its composition, publication, and public reception in relation to biographical, cultural and historical events; and a guide for further inquiry and study.


For a complete list of Longman Cultural Editions, visit www.pearsonhighered.com.



  • Longman Cultural Editions include both primary texts of major writers and contemporaneous material that contextualizes those texts, including reviews, critical essays, responses, and newspaper and magazine articles.
  • Longman Cultural Editions can be purchased individually, or a single volume can be packaged at no additional cost  with The Longman Anthology of British Literature.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

About Longman Cultural Editions

About this Edition


Table of Dates



The Sisters

An Encounter



After the Race

Two Gallants

The Boarding House

A Little Cloud



A Painful Case

Ivy Day in the Committee Room

A Mother


The Dead



Life in Edwardian Dublin


Incomes and Expenses


The Catholic Church


Ireland: Home Rule and Empire

John Stuart Parnell's speech in Cork, as recorded in The Cork Examiner, January 22, 1885.

From Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.


The Irish Revival: Culture, Politics, and Identity

From W.B. Yeats, The Celtic Twilight

Illustration: Programme for the Irish National Theatre Society

From Douglas Hyde, “The Necessity for De-Anglicising Ireland”

Frederick Ryan, “Political and Intellectual Freedom”

James Joyce, “The Soul of Ireland”


After the Famine: Emigration and Exile

“More Starvation” from The Cork Examiner

“The Depopulation of Ireland,” from The Illustrated London News

Illustration: “The Deserted Village of Moveen”

Illustration: Population of Ireland (Republic), 1841-1946

Filson Young, “The Double Leak,” from Ireland at the Cross Roads


Composition and Publication

Order of Composition

James Joyce, “A Curious History” from Sinn Fein

Unsigned Review from Times Literary Supplement

Ezra Pound, “Dubliners and Mr. James Joyce”


The Stories in Context

The Sisters

Our Weekly Story, “The Sisters,” from The Irish Homestead

From the 1844 Report of the Metropolitan Commissioners In Lunacy


An Encounter

Illustration: Cover from Pluck



From the 1894 Araby Catalog

Thomas Moore, “Araby's Daughter”

“I'll Sing Thee Songs of Araby”

Caroline Norton, “An Arab's Farewell to His Steed”



The Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus as Given to Blessed Margaret Mary Alacoque

“Come with the Gypsy Bride,” from The Bohemian Girl

Charles Dibden, “The Lass That Loves a Sailor”

Illustration: “The Second Meeting” from Clifford G. Roe's The Horrors of the White Slave Trade: The Might Crusade to Protect the Purity of Our Homes


After the Race

“Motor Race,” from The Leicester Leader

James Joyce, “Interview with a French Champion,” from The Irish Times


The Boarding House

From Jonah Barrington, Personal Sketches and Recollections of His Own Times

“I'm a Naughty Girl,” from A Greek Slave

Lord Byron, “On the Death of  Young Lady, Cousin to the Author, and very dear to Him”



“I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls” from The Bohemian Girl


A Painful Case

From Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book for All and None



From Dante Alighieri, The Inferno

From the Deharbe Catechism

Parable of the Unjust Steward (Luke 16:1-10)


The Dead

“Arrayed for the Bridal”

“The Lass of Aughrim”

Thomas Moore, “O Ye Dead”


Further Reading, Viewing, and Listening