Books: Sinking Stones

GIACOMO JOYCE by James Joyce. With an introduction and notes by Richard Ellmann. 16 pages. Viking. $10.

Discovered in a dusty trunk in Trieste, a hitherto unpublished manuscript by James Joyce has been treated by Viking and the academic Joyce industry as if it were a combination of a new Dead Sea Scroll, the Rosetta stone, and a papyrus by Parmenides the Eleatic. All for ten bucks a throw —a throw being exactly 16 pages.

It seems that some 50 years ago, when Joyce was a language tutor in Trieste—just about the time of the publication of Dubliners and just before A Portrait...