New York: Random House, 1986. 1st Edition Thus. Octavo, publisher's black cloth, upper board blindstamped, spine gilt, original graphically illustrated dust jacket.
"A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery." Since Ulysses was first published in its entirety in 1922, publishers have continued to correct and revise Joyce's original text. This edition from 1986 is the result of the most sustained effort in history to produce a corrected text. An international team of scholars headed by Professor Hans Walter Gabler spent approximately seven years studying manuscript evidence, typescripts, and proofs to produce the most accurate edition possible. Although celebrated as a monumental achievement upon publication, the scholarly community to this day remains divided in regards to this edition. In June 1988, four years after its initial publication, Joyce scholar, "academic troublemaker," and main Gabler detractor John Kidd published "The Scandal of Ulysses" in The New York Review of Books, where he accused Gabler of several revisionary errors, before promising he would one day produce a flawless version of the text (which still does not exist). Book jacket cover designed by Carin Goldberg. Staying true to the theme of scandal and disrepute, her work on the cover brought her immediate notoriety as she quickly became embroiled in the 1980s culture wars, specifically those being fought over artistic appropriation. Instructed to pay tribute to E. McKnight Kauffer's 1949 Random House cover of the novel by emphasizing the "U" in the title, Goldberg took additional inspiration from a 1928 exhibition poster by German designer Paul Renner. She was accused by some fellow designers of "stealing," including Hungarian artist Tibor Kalman who charged Goldberg with "jive modernism." Others praised her work, including influential designer Philip Meggs, for utilizing historical style in contemporary design. Stated first edition on the copyright page, with 2 the lowest number in number row, indicating first printing per the publisher's custom from 1976 onwards. Very light toning to top edge of unclipped jacket; rubbing to cloth along the bottom edge, enough to expose board at the corners. Very good. Item #1778