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Scholes, Robert; Kain, Richard M. (ed.) / The workshop of Daedalus
(1965)

Section 5: the Pola notebook,   pp. 80-91 PDF (578.6 KB)


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80Section 5 
The Pola Notebook 
INTRODUCTORY NOTE 
 These notes were written by Joyce during his first months of permanent residence
on the Continent in late 1904. At this time he was still working on Stephen
Hero, the second version of A Portrait. The fragments which follow the paragraphs
on esthetic theory are related to those notes for Stephen Hero which were
attached to the first version (I, 3 above). As in the case of the Paris notebook,
the original MS of these notes is lost and the text here follows Gorman 133—38.
Since the arrangement of the fragmentary notes for SH—the actual layout
on the page—has no manuscript authority (as opposed to the notes for
SH attached to the first version), the editor has in this case added whatever
commentary seemed appropriate in brackets after each note, preserving Gorman's
order. Some items lack commentary because they seem not to need it, others
because of the editor's inability to provide it. - 
 Gorman called these fragmentary notes a "selection" from the notebook—how
complete we cannot tell. But the notes he printed were separated into five
groups, perhaps representing five pages of manuscript. The first group includes
a number of phrases Joyce associated with Yeats and his circle. The second
seems mainly made up of reminders of actual incidents and bits of local color,
many copied from Stanislaus Joyce's Dublin diary (partially printed as DD).
The third, on J. F. Byrne, is made up almost exclusively of materials from
the Dublin diary. The fourth, labeled "Dubliners" but hard to trace in the
stories, is a mixture of quotations, figurative speech, and idiomatic expressions,
some of which were used in Ulysses. The fifth group is composed of three
witty and outrageous sayings destined for S. D. (Stephen) who is twitted
about one of them by John Eglinton in Ulysses. 


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