The New 'Finnegans Wake' - Sydney Launch

When:18 May 2011, 6pm - 8pm
Venue:Hordern House, 77 Victoria St, Potts Point, Sydney
Who:Danis Rose, Co-Editor of the New 'Finnegans Wake'

First published in 1939, James Joyce's experimental masterpiece, Finnegans Wake is one of the great works of art of the twentieth century. Written over seventeen years while Joyce's eyesight was failing, the book has been beset by numerous imperfections and errors. This new critically emended edition is the summation of thirty years' intense engagement by textual scholars Danis Rose and John O'Hanlon verifying, codifying, collating and clarifying the 20,000 pages of notes, drafts, typescripts and proofs comprising James Joyce's 'litters from aloft, like a waast wizzard all of whirlwords' (fw2, 14.16-17). The new Finnegans Wake incorporates some 9,000 minor yet crucial corrections and amendments. Only today, by restoring to our view the author's intentions in a physical book designed, printed and bound to the highest standards of the printers' art, can the editors reveal intrue detail James Joyce's fourth, and last, masterwork.

Contact: Angela McLoughlin | T: 02 9385 7164 | E: irish@unsw.edu.au

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