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A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake: James Joyces Masterwork Revealed by Joseph CampbellSince its publication in 1939, countless would-be readers of Finnegans Wake — James Joyces masterwork that consumed a third of his life — have given up after a few pages and dismissed 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 Joyces unintelligible book page by page, stripping the text of much of its obscurity and serving up thoughtful interpretations via footnotes and bracketed commentary. A Skeleton Key was Campbells first book, published five years before he wrote his breakthrough Hero with a Thousand Faces.
Passages from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake (1965) -- d. Mary Ellen Bute
A skeleton key to Finnegans wake
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The first major text to provide an in-depth analysis of Finnegans Wake James Joyce 's final novel , A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake is considered by many scholars to be a seminal work on the text. Campbell and Robinson began their analysis of Joyce's work for two reasons: because Finnegans Wake , while widely recognized as a masterpiece, was also widely dismissed as unintelligible--"the greatest book that nobody's ever read" [ citation needed ] ; and because they had recognized in The Skin of Our Teeth , the popular play by Thornton Wilder , an appropriation from Joyce's novel not only of themes but of plot and language as well. A second edition was published by Viking Press in
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