How Joyce Wrote Finnegans Wake: A Chapter-by-Chapter Genetic Guide
In this landmark study of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, Luca Crispi and Sam Slote have brought together fourteen other leading Joyce experts in a genetic guide to one of the twentieth century’s most intriguing works of fiction. Each essay approaches Finnegans Wake through novel perspectives afforded by Joyce’s preparatory manuscripts. By investigating a work through its ma...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published March 6th 2008 by University of Wisconsin Press
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This is the first book of this type of criticism--a genetic guide--I've read. It's interesting, very interesting. And generally revealing of the structure and meaning of the novel. But because it's primarily about the creation of Finnegans Wake and not about the content of the novel itself, while being an excellent gloss it's not quite a good analytical source, more useful for those enthusiastic about and in love with Finnegans Wake, deep swimmers in the novel rather than those toe-testing the w...more