Exiles are James Joyce’s only extant play and draw on the story of “The Dead”, the final short story in Joyce’s story collection Dubliners. The play was rejected by W. B. Yeats for production by the Abbey Theatre. Its first major London performance was in 1970 when Harold Pinter directed it at the Mermaid Theatre. In terms of both its critical and popular reception, Exiles has proven the least successful of all of Joyce’s published works. In making his case for the defense of the play, Padraic Colum conceded: “…critics have recorded their feeling that [Exiles] has not the enchantment of Portrait of the Artist nor the richness of [Ulysses]… They have noted that Exiles has the shape of an Ibsen play and have discounted it as being the derivative work of a young admirer of the great Scandinavian dramatist.”
The play follows four players and two couples, Richard Rowan, a writer and his “common-law wife” Bertha, and Robert Hand with his cousin and previous lover Beatrice, both old friends of the previous couple. “The plot is deceptively simple: Richard, a writer, returns to Ireland from Rome with Bertha, the mother of his illegitimate son, Archie. While there, he meets his former lover and correspondent Beatrice Justice and former drinking partner and now successful journalist Robert Hand. Robert was also Beatrice’s lover, and here the complications begin.” As jealousy develops throughout the relationships the action meditates mostly in a budding relationship between Hand and Bertha and thus in Hand’s attempts at seduction with the lover of his friend.
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Name Of the Novel: Exiles Book
Author: James Joyce
Subject: Famous writer returns to Dublin after nine years of exile
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Publication date: 25 May 1918
Media type: Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages: 96–159, depending on edition
Book Type: pdf / ePub
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