Dubliners is a collection of short stories by the Irish writer James Joyce. The stories follow various middle-class Dubliners at various stages of life, from stories of youth in the beginning of the book to "The Dead", the last story of the book. Though the stories are written in the third person, they often take on the perspectives and styles of the characters they describe. Most of the stories center around a character's experience of poignancy or epiphany.

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