->''"Yes, the newspapers were right: snow was general all over Ireland. It was falling on every part of the dark central plain, on the treeless hills, falling softly upon the Bog of Allen and, farther westward, softly falling into the dark mutinous Shannon waves. It was falling, too, upon every part of the lonely churchyard on the hill where Michael Furey lay buried."''
-->--'''Dubliners''', "The Dead"

''Dubliners'' is a 1914 collection of short stories about various residents of Dublin written by Creator/JamesJoyce. It was his first published work and is much less experimental than ''{{Ulysses}}'', although still considered a masterpiece, and one of the most famous short story collections of all time. The stories are interrelated, although no one character repeats. But the first three stories and the last one (especially the last one) can be very easily interpereted as being about early versions of Stephen Dedalus, the main character of his first novel, ''Literature/APortraitOfTheArtistAsAYoungMan''.

The stories are largely quite plotless, being observational pieces about the people of Dublin and the multiple ways they subtly trap themselves in unhappiness. Joyce's goal was to show Dublin to itself in the hope that he would inspire people to break their self-imposed shackles. He found great difficulty in publishing it due its uncommmercial nature, all publishers asked that he give some stories happy endings, that some be removed for their upsetting material, and that references to to real people and places be removed. When he finally got it published, ten years after he started writing it, it did not sell well. Joyce referred to it as ''"un fiasco solenne"'' (an utter failure), a direct reference to the final story, where the AuthorAvatar worries that the speech he's written will be too high-brow for his audience.

The final story of the collection, and the most famous, "The Dead" was adapted into a critically acclaimed film by Creator/JohnHuston in 1987.

The collection consists of the following fifteen short stories:
* ''The Sisters''
* ''An Encounter''
* ''Araby''
* ''Eveline''
* ''After the Race''
* ''Two Gallants''
* ''The Boarding House''
* ''A Little Cloud''
* ''Counterparts''
* ''Clay''
* ''A Painful Case''
* ''Ivy Day in the Committee Room''
* ''A Mother''
* ''Grace''
* ''The Dead''


* AbusiveParents: Farrington in "Counterparts", who beats up his kid and pisses away his earnings.
** Eveline's father becomes one after her mother's passing; at first, he was only physically abusive towards her brothers. Once they've gone, [[WouldHitAGirl he started to hurt her as well.]]
* BrokenBird: Eveline.
* TheCasanova: Mrs. Mooney from "The Boarding House" is a female example; she's even referred to as "The Madam."
* CreatorProvincialism: You'll need to do a bit of googling while you read, there are a lot of references that are very specific to the place, and especially to the time.
* CreepyCleanliness: Mr. Duffy's room is dominated by order, cleanliness and symmetry, however it becomes creepier as you keep on reading. It stands for the protagonist's paralysis, as well as the sterility of his own life.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: It's implied that the man from "An Encounter" does this after talking to the children.
* DespairEventHorizon: A lot of the characters either cross it or have crossed it a some point or another, but the most notable two are:
** Mr. Duffy once he finds out his closest friend, Mrs. Sinico, died, possibly from [[DrivenToSuicide suicide.]]
** Gabriel when he comes to the realization that he saw himself as an immortal superhuman, and becomes so ashamed of himself after hearing his wife's story about Michael Furey.
* DownerEnding: Many of the stories, the most notable being ''A Painful Case'', ''A Little Cloud'' and ''Counterparts.''
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: More like early installment ''normalcy''. Read ''{{Ulysses}}'' (or ''{{Finnegans Wake}}'' if you wanna lose [[MindScrew your marbles]]), then go back and read ''Dubliners''. Weird, right? Interestingly, ''Ulysses'' was originally set to be the last story of the book, called "Ulysses in Dublin" but Joyce decided that the story of Leopold Bloom deserved its own book.
* {{Ephebophile}}: The man in "An Encounter" is this.
* EpiphanicPrison: In a sense, all characters are trapped in an Epiphanic Prison called Dublin. The most straight-forward example is Eveline Hill, whose mental paralysis prevents her escape even when she is given the chance.
* FetchQuest: The protagonist of "Araby" promises to get Mangan's sister, his crush, something from the exotically-named bazaar Araby, as if he were a knight heading for the holy land in search for a sacred relic.
* FoodPorn: The description of the dinner in "The Dead" makes you wish you were there.
* GoldDigger: Ignatius Gallaher in "A Little Cloud" means to "marry money", with some rich German or Jews.
** "Two Gallants" concerns two young men who endeavor to make their female company pay for their expenses.
* MeaningfulName: In "Counterparts," as Farrington is beating up his kid, the boy begs for mercy not to, and even promises to say a ''Hail Mary''. Cut to the next story, "Clay," where the main character's name is Maria ([[CaptainObvious which is a form of the name Mary]]), who is looked up to by everyone as a motherly figure.
* MeddlingParents: The mother in "A Mother" behaves like her daughter's artist agent.
* NeatFreak: Mr. Duffy.
* {{Novella}}: The last story, ''The Dead'', can be classified as such.
* RuleOfSymbolism
* ShortStory: The work is a collection of short stories.
* SnowMeansDeath: Probably the most famous example in Western culture.
* StageMom: "A Mother," again. It's a remarkably early example, and the historical context -- there really weren't many opportunities for professional women in Ireland at the time -- may make this an example of an UnbuiltTrope.