St Martins Pr, June 1998. First Edition. Hardcover. Used - Very Good / Very Good. Item #236999
James Joyce often remarked that his wit, gift for storytelling, and many of his characters came from his outrageous father, John Stanislaus Joyce. In this biography, Joyce scholars John Wyse Jackson and Peter Costello show us John Joyce as we've never seen him before - a formidable father, storyteller, drinker, and patriot who held a profound place in the imagination of his first surviving son. John Stanislaus Joyce was the hero of his own epic. An only son of an only son, and himself the father of at least 16 children, he was an extraordinary patriarch and a quintessential Dubliner who can be found, as Jackson and Costello persuasively trace, on the pages of "Ulysses," "The Dubliners," and the rest of the Joyce canon.
First/first (US) in dustjacket. Grey paper covered boards with gold lettering on spine. Slight wear at top of spine. Solid binding despite mild pull at top. Tight at bottom. Sound overall. Clean, bright dustjacket. Remainder sharpie dot bottom textblock ege. Map of City of Dublin and its Environs end pages front & back. Front free end page has a previous owner's name inked at top edge of map, unfortunately. Excellent biography of Joyce's dad.