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FINNEGANS WAKE

Joyce, James (introduction by John Bishop)

ISBN 10: 0141181265 / ISBN 13: 9780141181264
Published by Penguin Books, New York, 1999
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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(xxxiii) 628 pp. First softcover printing with the introduction by John Bishop. Light rubbing on the corners with an uncreased spine; no interior markings. The cover features a detail from St Columba and the Monks of the Monastery of Kells from The Book of Kells. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 194655

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Title: FINNEGANS WAKE

Publisher: Penguin Books, New York

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: First Printing - First Thus.

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Having done the longest day in literature with his monumental Ulysses, James Joyce set himself even greater challenges for his next book — the night.

"A nocturnal state...That is what I want to convey: what goes on in a dream, during a dream." The work, which would exhaust two decades of his life and the odd resources of some sixty languages, culminated in the 1939 publication of Joyce's final and most revolutionary masterpiece, Finnegans Wake.

A story with no real beginning or end (it ends in the middle of a sentence and begins in the middle of the same sentence), this "book of Doublends Jined" is as remarkable for its prose as for its circular structure. Written in a fantantic dream language, forged from polyglot puns and portmanteau words, the Wake features some of Joyce's most brilliant inventive work. Sixty years after its original publication, it remains, in Anthony Burgess's words, "a great comic vision, one of the few books of the world that can make us laugh aloud on nearly every page."

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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James Joyce (1882–1941), an Irish poet and novelist, was one of the most celebrated writers of the twentieth century. His works include UlyssesFinnegans Wake, and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

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