"Books about the works of James Joyce are an academic industry. Most of them are unreadable and estoeric. Adrian Hardiman's book is both highly accessible and strikingly original. He spent years researching Joyce's obsession with the legal system, and the myriad references to notorious trials in Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. Joyce was fascinated by and felt passionately about miscarriages of justice, and his view of the law was coloured by the potential for grave injustice when evidence is not questioned as it should be. Hardiman recreates the colourful, dangerous world of the Victorian and Edwardian courtrooms of Dublin and London, where the death penalty loomed over many trials. He brings to life the eccentric barristers, corrupt policemen and omnipotent judges who made the law so entertaining and so treacherous."--Jacket.
Contexts : Joyce, history, law and England -- Outrages in Ireland and England : Maamtrasna, Great Wyrley and judicious doubt -- Law, crime and punishment in Bloomsday Dublin -- 'A gruesome case' -- The mortgaged life -- Political violence : Emmet and the Invincibles -- Attempts to suppress Ulysses -- The American trials of Ulysses, 1919-1933 -- 'This disgusting book' : Ulysses in England -- Appendix : the trial of Robert Emmet