First Trade Edition of Joyce's Literary ClassicJames Joyce. Finnegans Wake. London: Faber and Faber, 1934.
First trade edition. Large octavo. 628 pages.
Publisher's red cloth, with spine ruled and lettered in gilt. Binding a bit loose. Susanna Bixby Bryant's copy, with her name and address in ink on the front free endpaper, dated 1935. In the original dust jacket, chipped along the top edge and with a few short tears. A very nice copy in fine condition.
This, Joyce's final landmark novel that took seventeen years to write, is generally considered to be the most complex and challenging book ever written in the English language. "[P]erhaps the definitive and most extreme work of literary Modernism" (The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English).
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