Media & References

01_Telemachus is the latest version of the marked up .pdf.  This should be viewed with Adobe Acrobat X or PDF XChange Viewer.

Because chs. 1-3 together can be easier than any random chapter in the second half of the book, I’ve done 2 and 3:

02_Nestor shaded and annotated

03_Proteus shaded and annotated

09_Scylla & Charybdis Shaded

09_Scylla & Charybdis Annotations

09_Scylla & Charybdis Annotations as a .doc

There are about 150 links in the .pdf for ch.1–with a number of typos, I’m sure.  You should be able to click on any link below and view them.  You also should be able to view most rollovers, with the exception of those that overlay gray highlights.  The workaround is simply to click. click directly on the comment underline.  That should pop up a comment box.

Download it and view it.  It should do fine.  I edited most of this in PDF-XChange Viewer.  It is a fine viewer.  Adobe X (and not 9 or earlier) would work about as well for ordinary reading, etc.

I did count approximately half the citations Don Gifford added to his book.  I’ve added a few of my own.  I wonder what I would come up with.  Would I have a student read only the narratives, and experience how very hamless and small they are?  That’s a positive experience.

I have both shaded and commented all–I hope–to help you get through chapter 01.  I have shaded all chapters to ch. 9.  I do not know whether internal monologue is at all a significant literary device after that.  It is used in Sirens and Wandering Rocks.  You might expect to hear more from me on these.

I began with The Project Gutenberg EBook of Ulysses, by James Joyce.  This is based on the pre-1923 edition, and is available several spots on the Web.  I used the .pdf form, which caused me absolutely no problems.  There are many versions of this public domain book, digitally and in print.  Of any I’ve found on the Web, this is the most attractive and is a real pleasure:

I divided the Ulysses .pdf by chapter, using PDF Split and Merge, available from

Taking chapter 1, I did most of my highlighting (graying) and commenting (citations) with PDF XChange Viewer.  I found this to be superior in all ways to all the many other free PDF readers out there.  I do plan to upgrade:
This is my baby, both shaded and underlined.  New copies will be replacing old copies, as mistakes are found and corrected:


I have shaded these chapters below, as I saw fit.  Feel free to correct them and add citations.  They are yours:

05_Lotus Eaters_shaded
09_Sylla and Charybdis_shaded

I referred to the usual suspects for annotation and inpiration:

  • Gifford, Don.  Ulysses annotated : notes for James Joyce’s Ulysses.  1988.  823.912 Joyce.J Giffo.D and R 823.912 Joyce.J Giffo.D.  Also available at <>
  • Blamires, Harry.  The new Bloomsday book : a guide through Ulysses.  1996.  823.912 Joyce.J Blami.H 1996
  • Anthony Burgess’ Here Comes Everybody:  Good short overview of all Joyce’s major works.  Before The New Bloomsday Book (and before that, The Bloomsday Book), HCE as it was known was a short-hand guide and fun to read.  I always enjoyed Burgess on the Dick Cavett Show.  An oppinionated author of Clockwork Orange, any talkshow was a bully pulpit for him to say just about anything he wanted to say.  Same with the book.
  • Charles Lamb’s The Adventures of Ulysses:  No!  I ain’t gonna re-read the Odyssey for anyone’s sake!  I don’t even know if I read it the first time.  However, Charles Lamb’s charming writing digests “upon the wine-dark seas” down to less than 80 pages, with pictures for gosh sake!  Charles Lamb writes delightfully.  I encourage you to read some of his essays.
  • Frank Delaney blog “Re: Joyce” <>:  These weekly podcasts are always inspiration.  And if he can find twenty years to discuss and finish Joyce, then so can I.  For all the parallels in upbringing, education, humor, intelligence, I believe that he’s as close as we will ever get to experiencing Joyce himself.  Delaney read Joyce beautifully and, of course, he’s “the most eloquent man on radio”!

So, I have some heavy artillery watching my back as I enter Ulysses.  Why not other books?  Many are great but I have enough.


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