JOYCE, James. Finnegans Wake.

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JOYCE, James Finnegans Wake Faber and Faber, London, 1934

Review copy of the First edition. Includes a perforated stamp on the last page of the text reading ‘Complimentary copy - not for sale’, having come originally from the library of Edwin Muir, who wrote one of the early reviews
8vo; Red cloth bound with gilt lettering to spine; pages untrimmed; pp. [6] 628; foxing to front and back end papers; one line of ink to the last page ot text; very good copy of first edition.
Review Copy of the First Edition of Joyce's final masterpiece. Written over a period of seventeen years, Finnegan's Wake is considered one of the most complex and confounding literary contirbutions. It is composed in a unique and unorthodox vocabulary that melds together standard English with the language of old Irish manerisms, neologisms and puns confirming its status as one of the 20th centuries most bold and elusive voices. After the publication of Ulysses, Joyce would not write a single line of prose for a year, after which the earliest reference to the genesis of Finnegan's Wake is recorded.

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