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(Joyce, James). Beckett, Samuel; Marcel Brion; William Carlos Williams; et al.  Our exagmination round his factification for incamination of Work in progress. Paris: Shakespeare & Co., Sylvia Beach, 1929. 8vo (19 cm, 7.5"). [6], 194, [2] pp.

When James Joyce's eventual Finnegans Wake was receiving unenthusiastic reviews, while still being published in serial form under the title Work in Progress, he => employed the help of his friends to improve the response to his new writing. Samuel Beckett, Marcel Brion, and William Carlos Williams joined other literary acquaintances of Joyce's to produce twelve critical essays analyzing the innovative contributions to literature represented by Work in Progress, with Beckett's essay having been => his first appearance in print. There are also two "letters of protest" here — Joyce wanted negative analyses to be included — one of which was originally suspected to have been written by Joyce himself.
        Sylvia Beach of the celebrated Shakespeare and Company, and frequent publisher of Joyce's work, produced the critical essay collection.
        The colophon states: "96 copies of this book have been printed on vergé d'Arches numbered 1–96"; this is an unnumbered copy.
        Provenance: Bookseller's ticket of The Personal Book Shop in Boston on front fly-leaf.

In original cream wrappers with black printed lettering to spine and both covers, limited crescents of waterstaining to edges not reaching interior; edgeworn, with a bit of chipping, and with front wrapper pulling away. Without the glassine jacket. Interior age-toned and a few signatures roughly opened; "Made in Great Britain" stamp on title-page. => A fragile but still desirable artifact from an exciting era for art and literature — and, for controversy about it.  (38959)   Please RESHELVE This.

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