Books: James in Nighttown

SELECTED LETTERS OF JAMES JOYCE

Edited by RICHARD ELLMANN 440 pages. Viking. $18.95. $5.95 paperback.

JAMES JOYCE: A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST

by STAN GEBLER DAVIES 328 pages. Stein & Day. $10.

Like the ever recycling figures who fall and rise through Finnegans Wake, James Joyce refuses to stay buried. A character bearing his name is currently cutting linguistic capers in the Broadway hit Travesties. The discovery of some exam papers Joyce wrote while seeking a teaching certificate in 1912 was recently headlined in the New York Times. Going on sale next week is a facsimile of the Ulysses manuscript (three volumes; Octagon Books). Price:...

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