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A Guide through Finnegans Wake

by Edmund Lloyd Epstein

Publisher: University Press of Florida
Pages: 334
Paperback
ISBN: 9780813035345






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Overview of A Guide through Finnegans Wake

"An insightful, fresh, and lucid approach to a difficult work."--A. Nicolas Fargnoli, author of Critical Companion to James Joyce

"Epstein is one of the foremost Joyce scholars, in fact, a pioneer. His guide is comprehensive and obviously the result of a lifetime of interaction with Joyce's book."--Fritz Senn, director, Z├╝rich James Joyce Foundation

"A book that every Joycean will want to own."--Sebastian Knowles, series editor

Written in a complex, pun-based idiogloss and boasting a dreamlike narrative that defies conventions of plot and continuity, James Joyce's Finnegans Wake has been challenging readers since its first publication in 1939. The novel is so famously difficult that it is widely agreed that only the brave or foolhardy attempt to unravel this well-known but relatively little-read classic. Most tackle the text in reading groups, which provide mutual assistance (and moral support) in understanding Joyce's modern masterpiece.

Now, with the publication of Edmund Epstein's A Guide through Finnegans Wake, no one has to go it alone. Recognized as one of the world's foremost Joyce scholars, Epstein has been reading and thinking about Joyce for over fifty years, and his considerable experience and enthusiasm is preserved here for the benefit of anyone with an interest in reading the Wake. This accessible guide approaches the daunting work in a way that provides handrails for beginners while, at the same time, presenting new insights for experienced readers.

Edmund Lloyd Epstein is professor of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center at CUNY.

Synopsis of A Guide through Finnegans Wake

Recognized as one of the world's foremost Joyce scholars, Edmund Lloyd Epstein has been reading and thinking about Joyce for more than fifty years. His considerable experience and enthusiasm are presented here as a useful guide to readers of Finnegans Wake, one that emphasizes the continuity, the long currents, within Joyce's oceanic masterpiece. He offers clues to untangling the interconnections among the elements and sections of the Wake, along with commentary that helps explain the broad range of literary criticism that has been written on the novel.

This accessible guide approaches the daunting work in a way that provides handrails for first-time readers while, at the same time, presenting new insights for anyone approaching the work for the second, third, or twentieth time.

About the Author, Edmund Lloyd Epstein

Edmund Lloyd Epstein, professor of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center at CUNY, is the author of numerous books and articles on Joyce, including The Ordeal of Stephen Dedalus.

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