Title: A Skeleton Key to Finnegan’s Wake
Publication Date: 1944
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
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Synopsis:Since its publication in 1939, countless would-be readers of Finnegans Wake – James Joyce’s masterwork, which consumed a third of his life – have given up after a few pages, dismissing it as a “perverse triumph of the unintelligible.” In 1944, a young professor of mythology and literature named Joseph Campbell, working with Henry Morton Robinson, wrote the first “key” or guide to entering the fascinating, disturbing, marvelously rich world of Finnegans Wake. The authors break down Joyce’s “unintelligible” book page by page, stripping the text of much of its obscurity and serving up thoughtful interpretations via footnotes and bracketed commentary. They outline the book’s basic action, and then simplify — and clarify — its complex web of images and allusions. A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake is the latest addition to the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell series.
About the Author: Perhaps most responsible for bringing mythology to a mass audience, Joseph Campbell’s works rank among the classics in mythology and literature: Hero with a Thousand Faces, the four-volume The Masks of God, The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers, and many others. Among his many awards, Campbell received the National Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Contribution to Creative Literature and the 1985 Medal of Honor for Literature from the National Arts Club. A past president of the American Society for the Study of Religion, Campbell was professor emeritus at Sarah Lawrence College in New York until his death in 1987.
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