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JOYCE, James. Finnegans Wake. London and New York: R. MacLehose & Company Limited for Faber & Faber Limited and The Viking Press, 1939.
8° (255 x 160mm). Music and illustrations in the text. (Clipped photograph of Joyce tipped onto flyleaf.) Original red cloth, the spine lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, other edges uncut (extremities very lightly bumped, a few unobtrusive marks on spine, short split on upper hinge).
FIRST EDITION, NO. 38 OF 425 COPIES SIGNED BY JOYCE. 'In his earlier books Joyce forced modern literature to accept new styles, new subject matter, new kinds of plot and characterization. In his last book he forced it to accept a new area of being and a new language. What is ultimately most impressive is the sureness with which, in the midst of such technical accomplishments, he achieved his special mixture of attachment and detachment, of gaiety and lugubriousness. He was no saturnine artificer contriving devices, but one of life's celebrants, in bad circumstances cracking good jokes, foisting upon ennuis and miseries his comic vision' (R. Ellmann Joyce, p.717). Connolly The Modern Movement 87; Slocum and Cahoon Joyce A49.
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