Annotations to Finnegans Wake / Edition 3

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Overview

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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times

Unravels the mysteries of James Joyce.

Modern Fiction Studies

A daunting and delightful book.

James Joyce Quarterly

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.

A Collideorscape of Joyce

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.

James Joyce Literary Supplement
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 - Win Van Mierlo

It is hard to think of any reader of Finnegans Wake who would not have Roland McHugh's Annotations... on his desk.

James Joyce Quarterly - Tim Conley

McHugh remains admirable for his collection.

Booknews
The first edition was published in 1980. Annotations provides a single page for every page of the Wake, of size larger than those in the current Viking Press edition. For every line of FW text, Annotations can accommodate glosses, normally of up to two lines of small print. McHugh's advice to users: "Hold a page of FW alongside its counterpart, allowing the eyes to slip momentarily across to Annotations at the end of every line. By all means stop and ponder at intervals." Paper edition (unseen), $24.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801883828
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2005
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 648
  • Sales rank: 439,487
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

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."

Johns Hopkins University Press

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  • Posted November 8, 2012

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    ultimate resource

    this gives you two lines of annotation for every single in Finnegans Wake.
    a must for any serious scholar or a curious mind like James

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