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A Shorter Finnegan's Wake, Copy of Jean Stafford and Joseph Mitchell  

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A Shorter Finnegan's Wake, Copy of Jean Stafford and Joseph Mitchell, with Mitchell's Notes Laid In

Joyce, James

New York

Viking Press



Octavo, original maroon cloth boards, spine lettered in gilt, top edge stained blue, unclipped original dust jacket. Ownership stamps of Jean Stafford and Joseph Mitchell; ownership signature of Joseph Mitchell to front free endpaper. Joseph Mitchell’s notes laid in. First American edition of this abridged critical version of Joyce's sprawling final novel: “Well, you know or don't you kennet or haven't I told you every telling has a taling and that's the he and the she of it.” The editor is English novelist Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange.

This copy bears the ownership stamps of two notable American writers: novelist Jean Stafford, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and legendary New Yorker journalist Joseph Mitchell. The book is additionally signed by Mitchell in ink. Laid in are Mitchell's notes on Finnegans Wake, all excerpts from the book with corresponding page numbers, penciled on a letterhead envelope from Mitchell's family's tobacco warehouse in Fairmont, North Carolina. A terrific association copy.

Donated by Honey & Wax Booksellers, Brooklyn, NY.

Lot Amendments

Jacket lightly soiled, with small closed tears, chips to corners, and two abrasions to spine.

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