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19 June 1997
by James Joyce, edited by Danis Rose.
Picador, 739 pp., £20, June 1997, 0 330 35229 6
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... while the average annual income of the salaried class was £340 (the Slade Professor of Fine Art at Oxford, for example, earned approximately £400). Wartime inflation meant that prices and incomes rose sharply, even in Zurich; but for the first time in his life, Joyce no longer had to work the long hours teaching English that had previously furnished his modest income. In 1917 he received roughly ...

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Thomas Jones: Ulysses vs. Ulysses

13 December 2001
... On 22 November, judgment was handed down in a case brought against Macmillan and DanisRose by the estate of James Joyce. Ulysses: A Reader’s Edition, edited by Rose, was published by Macmillan in 1997. Joyce died in 1941, and under the Copyright Act 1956 any of his work that appeared while he was alive passed out of copyright on 1 January 1992. Three days later ...

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Sheng Yun: ‘Finnegans Wake’ in China

2 April 2014
... translated from the 2000 Penguin Classics edition, essentially the 1939 text – why not the 1950 Faber edition? – and was already a good way in by 2012, when the ‘restored’ Penguin edition by DanisRose and John O’Hanlon came out, with more than 9000 corrections. How much of a difference this will make to readers in China isn’t obvious: the linguistic complexity of the work is probably lost ...


John Lanchester: Online Goodies

25 April 2002
... the publishers on the receiving end of the suit, on the other crucial issue in the case, deciding that Macmillan must withdraw its edition on the basis of 250 words which the editor in question, DanisRose, had drawn from a source which was still in copyright at the time the edition was published. As I write, Macmillan are considering whether to appeal.) We non-Americans like to take the piss ...

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Michael Wood: Finnegans Wake

16 December 2010
Finnegans Wake 
by James Joyce, edited by Danis Rose and John O’Hanlon.
Houyhnhnm, 493 pp., £250, March 2010, 978 0 9547710 1 0
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Joyce’s Disciples Disciplined 
edited by Tim Conley.
University College Dublin, 185 pp., £42.50, May 2010, 978 1 906359 46 1
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... Lewis Carroll seems an obvious precursor of James Joyce in the world of elaborate wordplay, and critics have long thought so. Harry Levin suggested in 1941 that Carroll’s Humpty Dumpty was ‘the official guide’ to the vocabulary of Finnegans Wake. Why wouldn’t he be? He was the inventor of the portmanteau word (‘You see it’s like a portmanteau – there are two meanings packed up into one ...

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