From the Publisher
James Joyce’s literary debut, which he struggled to publish in the face of multiple rejections from multiple publishers, portrays Dublin’s middle class at the turn of the 20th century in 15 short stories. The stories are arranged by the age of their subjects, in ascending order from youngest to oldest. Each story - amid trickery, courtship, religion, family, and death- culminates in a character’s epiphany, or moment of self-understanding. The forerunner of Joyce’s masterwork Ulysses, Dubliners features characters who make cameo appearances in the later novel, as well as stylistic choices that came to define Joyce’s style. And while each story can be read individually as a stellar sample of Joyce’s work, together they form a novel-in-stories - one of the first of its kind - by one of the 20th century’s most important writers.