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The Finnegans Wake Notebooks at Buffalo - VI.B.16by James Joyce
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Joyce's notebooks provide a detailed, though indirect, record of a substantial period in the working life of one of Europe's greatest writers. From 1922, when he finished "Ulysses, to the publication of "Finnegans Wake in 1939, Joyce wrote and rewrote continuously, expanding, refining and enriching his "Work in Progress. He did not begin with a master plan; rather he gradually evolved his text out of an extraordinarily diverse corpus of materials collected in the notebooks. These notebooks provide not only a fascinating body of material that can help to interpret a notoriously complex text but they also furnish a detailed map of Joyce's creative engagement during the whole period of the work's development. The raw notebook material derives from an encyclopedic range of external sources--hundred of books, pamphlets, and articles in journals and newspapers. The identification of this source material is crucial to understanding, and often simply deciphering, the notes themselves; but this process has been rendered especially difficult because Joyce rarely, if ever, indicates where he found his material. These notebooks will be published as a series of fascicles, one per authorial notebook, three per scribal notebook, fifty-five in all. The editorial aim is to bring together all of the information relevant to each note in as concise and simple a way as possible. They will provide a reference library of comprehensively quoted source material--in effect an annotated digest of Joyce's working library--which will serve as a new starting point not just for exegesis of "Finnegans Wake, but also for biographical, textual, and literary criticism of Joyce. Furthermore, the "Edition will allow for areconstruction of Joyce's intellectual concerns and compositional habits during the drafting of "Work in Progress / Finnegans Wake.
Book News Annotation:
One of 55 volumes which make Joyce's notebooks available to scholars, this book provides page-by-page transcriptions of VI.B.16—an early, stenographer's-type notebook used by Joyce during the spring of 1924. Each entry includes the Buffalo notebook title and page number, alphabetically tagged notebook units with notes and sources, coding for the color of ink used, the unit's C series notebook address, and a cameo image of the actual page. A 10-page introduction describes the notebook and the sources quoted. Appendices include a table of usage, a first-draft version index, a selective list of sources and topics, and a section of color plates. Distributed by The David Brown Book Company
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Finnegans Wake Notebook Edition is a fully integrated and cross-referenced edition of all the extant work-books compiled by Joyce after the completion of Ulysses. It will be published as a series of fascicles, one per authorial notebook, three per scribal notebook, fifty-five in all. This will make individual notebooks available to scholars as they appear and allow critical feedback, laying the foundations for an electronic edition that will be prepared simultaneously. The editorial aim is to bring together all of the information relevant to each note in as concise and simple a way as possible. The Finnegans Wake Notebook Edition will provide a reference library of comprehensively quoted source material-in effect an annotated digest of Joyce's working library-which will serve as a new star-ting point not just for exegesis of Finnegans Wake, but also for biographical, textual, and literary criticism of Joyce. Furthermore, the Edition will allow for a reconstruction of Joyce's intellectual concerns and compositional habits during the drafting of Work in Progress / Finnegans Wake.
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