Richard Ellmann

Richard David Ellmann was a prominent American literary critic and biographer, best known for his works on James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, and W.B. Yeats. His biography of James Joyce is considered one of the most important literary biographies of the 20th century.


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  1. 1. James Joyce

    This book is a comprehensive biography of a renowned Irish writer, delving into his life, work, and the intricate relationship between the two. It provides a detailed account of the writer's personal life, including his upbringing in Dublin, his self-imposed exile from Ireland, and his personal relationships. The book also offers a thorough analysis of his major works and the profound influence they have had on 20th-century literature. The biography is meticulously researched, drawing on a wealth of primary sources, and is written in an engaging and accessible style.

    The 2957th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Oscar Wilde

    This biography provides an in-depth look at the life of renowned playwright, poet, and novelist, Oscar Wilde. It covers his rise to fame, his relationships, his trial for homosexuality, and his time in prison. The book also delves into his works, philosophies, and the societal norms of his time. It presents a comprehensive and detailed account of Wilde's life, his wit, and his tragic downfall.

    The 11267th Greatest Book of All Time