Passages From Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1957.

Price: $950.00

Hardcover. First edition. A free adaptation for the theater by Mary Manning. Ownership signature of actor Michael Clarke-Laurence. Fine in a very good or better dustwrapper with faint toning on the spine. Letter laid in from director and screenwriter Mary Bute on the stationary of Expanding Cinema to Michael Clarke-Laurence offering him a part in the adaptation. Bute eventually directed the film in 1966; it was awarded as Best Debut at the Cannes Film Festival; Clarke-Laurence did not appear in it.

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Passages From Finnegans Wake by James Joyce. James JOYCE, Mary Manning.
Passages From Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
Passages From Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

James Joyce
birth name: James Augustine Aloysius Joyce
born: 2/2/1882
died: 1/13/1941
nationality: Ireland

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Irish novelist noted for his experimental use of language and exploration of new literary methods in such works of fiction as Ulysses (1922) and Finnegans Wake (1939). - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literaturemore

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There are three issues of the first edition of Ulysses, Paris (1922). A family of four could live for a year simply on what a copy of the issue of 750 copies would cost. They could live well on the issue of 150 copies printed on Verge d'Arches paper, and down right opulently on what it might cost for the issue of 100 printed on Dutch handmade paper that was signed by Joyce. The first edition of The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) was published in the U.S., a year before the UK edition, and in dustjacket would probably only buy you a mid-sized sedan. Dubliners (1914, UK precedes the 1916 U.S. edition), would get you a luxury model in jacket (the book, not the car). There are a couple of broadsides and pamphlets that might cost you a body part. The short version of this collecting tip is don't collect Joyce in first editions unless you have deep pockets or extra body parts. However, if you must buy Joyce, you can get a signed copy of Anna Livia Plurabelle, (1928), one of 800 copies of the regular edition, for a (relatively) modest amount.

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