Dubliners was completed in 1905, but a series of British and Irish publishers and printers found it offensive and immoral, and it was suppressed. The book finally came out in London in 1914, just as Joyceʼs Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man began to appear in the journal Egoist under the auspices of Ezra Pound. The first three stories in Dubliners might be incidents from a draft of Portrait of the Artist, and many of the characters who figure in Ulysses have their first appearance here, but this is not a book of interest only because of its relationship to Joyceʼs life and mature work. It is one of the greatest story collections in the English language—an unflinching, brilliant, often tragic portrait of early twentieth-century Dublin. The book, which begins and ends with a death, moves from “stories of my childhood” through tales of public life. Its larger purpose, Joyce said, was as a moral history of Ireland.
Actor Sheridan proves an excellent choice to interpret Joyce's classic story collection, first published in 1914. He brings an authentic Irish accent and an air of gravitas to the 15 tightly observed scen es of ordinary people around Dublin. He infuses life into Joyce's numerous and wide-ranging characters, from an adolescent boy's stifling infatuation with the girl who lives across the street ("Araby") to the husband and wife whose marriage is haunted by the death of the wife's former lover ("The Dead"), easily handling the shifting points of view from story to story. Each character is given a distinct personality and individual voice. But it is with Joyce's rich descriptive prose that Sheridan's skills shine brightest. His thoughtful and heartfelt delivery captures the full emotional weight of the stories, and by the end the listener has been transported to Joyce's Dublin.