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James Joyce Live! James Joyce Reads ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle’ from Finnegans Wake

October 19, 2016. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday, by Jack Dziamba.

James Joyce Reads ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle’ from Finnegans Wake

Many of us have gone to an author’s “reading,” only to feel that the author “just read it,” many times  in a monotone, without inflection or character. Not so with this reading by James Joyce from Finnegans Wake:

“[In] an August 1929 recording of Joyce reading a melodious passage from the “Anna Livia Plurabelle” chapter of his Work in Progress, which would be published ten years later as Finnegans Wake.

The recording was made in Cambridge, England, at the arrangement of Joyce’s friend and publisher Sylvia Beach.

“’How beautiful the ‘Anna Livia’ recording is,”’ wrote Beach in her memoir, Shakespeare and Company, “’and how amusing Joyce’s rendering of an Irish washerwoman’s brogue!”. (Source: Open Culture.)

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