Annotations to "Finnegans Wake"

Annotations to "Finnegans Wake"


By (author) Roland McHugh

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  • Format: Paperback | 648 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 254mm x 36mm | 1,066g
  • Publication date: 14 February 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Baltimore, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0801883822
  • ISBN 13: 9780801883828
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 229,593

Product description

Long considered the essential guide to Joyce's famously difficult work, Roland McHugh's Annotations to "Finnegans Wake" provides both novice readers and seasoned Joyceans with a wealth of information in an easy-to-use format uniquely suited to this densely layered text. Each page of the Annotations corresponds directly with a page of the standard Viking/Penguin edition of Finnegans Wake and contains line-by-line notes following the placement of the passages to which they refer. The reader can thus look directly from text to notes and back again, with no need to consult separate glossaries or other listings. McHugh's richly detailed notes distill decades of scholarship, explicating foreign words, unusual English connotations and colloquial expressions, place names, historical events, song titles and quotations, parodies of other texts, and Joyce's diverse literary and popular sources. The third edition has added material reflecting fifteen years of research, including significant new insights from Joyce's compositional notebooks (the "Buffalo Notebooks"), now being edited for the first time.

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Author information

Roland McHugh has been studying Finnegans Wake since 1965. In 1973 he moved to Dublin with a view to understanding the book more completely and has lived there ever since. His book, The Sigla of "Finnegans Wake," was described by Clive Hart as "the best book on Finnegans Wake yet written."

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Unravels the mysteries of James Joyce. New York Times A daunting and delightful book. Modern Fiction Studies All readers who contemplate any exegetical move whatsoever in the Wake must put the revised Annotations on the top of their pile of reference books. James Joyce Quarterly 1992 I don't think we still have readers such as Roland McHugh who read the Wake without any help: most novices read the Wake in one hand and McHugh's Annotations in the other. A Collideorscape of Joyce It is hard to think of any reader of Finnegans Wake who would not have Roland McHugh's Annotations... on his desk. -- Win Van Mierlo James Joyce Literary Supplement 2006 McHugh remains admirable for his collection. -- Tim Conley James Joyce Quarterly 2007