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Finnegans Wake Notebooks at Buffalo: VI.B.5by V. Deane
Synopses & Reviews
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 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 a reconstruction of Joyce's intellectual concerns and compositional habits during the drafting of Work in Progress / Finnegans Wake.
Book News Annotation:
One of a series of black & white photographic reproductions of the notebooks of James Joyce, this volume displays a fragile early notebook written on a poor quality stenographer's jotter, with perforations at the top of each leaf. Starting in May 1924, and appearing in between two more focused notebooks, it is not a favorite of scholars, who have considered it somewhat characterless. The book displays a small reproduction of each notebook page, and provides notes that identify the notebook title and page number, source of unit with abbreviated bibliographical data, excerpts of source text, draft usage data, and more. Distributed by The David Brown Book Company.
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