by Chris McCormack, July 23rd, 2013 

What does it say when one of the most preeminently-­regarded works of literature remains
widely unread? Most likely that it's won the approval of the academics but not the public.
Who has found a way through Finnegan's Wake -­ the last novel by James Joyce, the
author's ultimate bid for a literary scene for the discontinuous twentieth century, and one of
the most difficult works in the English language? Even scholars struggled to reach
consensus on the Wake. T.S. Eliot denounced it as "merely beautiful nonsense" while
Samuel Beckett celebrated how content and form both assumed each other: "His writing is
not about something; it is that something itself".

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