O Hehir, Brendan; Dillon, John M. / A classical lexicon for Finnegans wake
continued from front flap. Jacket design by John E. Johnscn Jr. Joyce's books before Finnegans Wake are replete with Latin, and even the reader not yet ready to plunge into the darkness of the Wake will find both handy and illuminating the complete glossing of the Latin and Greek quotations and classical references throughout Joyce's other works. About an eighth of the Classical Lexicon consists of glosses for the earlier books. In addition, three appendixes and a set of Supplementary Notes at the back of the volume contain no fewer than 116 brief explanatory essays expanding details of classical language, history, and culture which cannot be covered adequately in the main body of word-by-word glosses. The dedicated Wake scholars should reap a rich harvest from this Classical Lexicon, and the nonclassically-trained reader of Joyce will find the book an invaluable companion, not only on forays into Finnegans Wake, but in reading all of Joyce's works. BRENDAN 0 HEHIR, Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of Harmony from Discords: A Life of Sir John Denham; Expans'd Hieroglyphicks: A Study of Sir John Denham's Coopers Hill, with a Critical Edition of the Poem; and A Gaelic Lexicon for Finnegans Wake. JOHN M. DILLON, who received a classicallyorientated Irish schooling not dissimilar to that of Joyce's, is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley.
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