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Joyce, James / A first-draft version of Finnegans wake
(1963)

[Epigraph],   pp. ix-x PDF (26.4 KB)


Page ix

 Well, almost any micro photoist worth his chemicots will tip anyone ~ki~g
tossing him the teaser          
(MS 47475,46; a passage taken from Draft 9 of Chap. ter I, v, and incorporating
two changes never used by Joyce.) 
 It is possible that some day, when the book has been completed and given
a title, that it will be edited with columns of footnotes prepared by industrious
pedants after years of research. I hope not, for one of the beauties of Work
in Progress is its mystery and its inexhaustible promise of new revelations.
(Robert Sage, "Before Ulysses—and After," in Our 
Exagmination . . ., Paris, 1929.) 


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