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The Textual Diaries of James Joyce

The Textual Diaries of James Joyce

Danis Rose

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’The Textual Diaries of James Joyce, read and readable, at a sitting, has left me breathless with excitement.’ - Hans Walter Gabler

This important new study of James Joyce's working practices relates the true history and origin of English literature's towering masterwork, Finnegans Wake (1939), and lays the ground for an intellectual biography of the last eighteen years of its author's life. At the heart of this book Rose presents an original ordering of, and commentary upon, the virtually unknown collection of notebooks compiled by Joyce during this period and now immured in American university archives.

In so doing, he opens a window onto a new world of textual exploration while enabling both specialist and non-specialist alike to understand how Joyce came to construct and write his 'unreadable' book. It will be an invaluable tool for teachers and research students, and a source of delight to all concerned with the hermeneutics of intellectual investigation. In establishing the order and recognizing the nature and function of Joyce's 'notebooks', this study offers a key to the emergence of Finnegan's Wake.

With ease and lucidity it fuses the author's and the book's biographies. Its poise and seeming simplicity, akin to the beauty of a mathematician's formula, are such as only years of immersion in the linguistic and literary cosmos of Finnegan's Wake could have achieved. The Textual Diaries of James Joyce is sure to provide a launching-pad for fresh and yet deeper genetic explorations of the text of James Joyce's work.

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Author Danis Rose
Publisher Lilliput Press
Publication date 1 Jan 1995
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781874675587

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