Originally reviled as obscure and obscene Joyce s masterpiece now stands as one of the great literary achievements of the twentieth century. Loosely based on Homer s Odyssey the novel traces the paths of Leopold Bloom and other Dubliners through an ordinary summer day and night in 1904 a typical day transformed by Joyce s narrative powers into an epic celebration of life. First editions of Ulysses rank among the modern rare book trade s most valuable finds. This reprint of the original edition is not only the least expensive version available but also the truest to the author s vision. Many experts have reinterpreted the novel s surviving drafts to produce revised texts but this edition remains the version that Joyce himself reviewed and corrected prior to the initial publication. A new Introduction by Joyce scholar Enda Duffy offers an enlightening and enthusiastic welcome to a landmark of modern literature. An unabridged republication of the original Shakespeare and Company edition published in Paris by Sylvia Beach 1922.