James Gifford odos.fanourios at gmail.com
Tue Aug 5 11:45:47 PDT 2008

I ought to have noted as well that the dating of the publications show 
that Miller was reading the instalments of the "Work in Progress" and 
not the final /Finnegans Wake/, which only appeared 5 years after 
/Tropic of Cancer/.  Alas, I don't know which instalment it was in, or 
when it was published (sometime during the decade prior to 1934!), but I 
don't think it would be hard to find out.  It's something I've always 
meant to go back to but never have...


Philip Walsh wrote:
> James wrote:
>>> ...Miller was very nasty about Joyce in his book on Lawrence
>>> (published in 1980, I believe, but written during his years in Paris),
>>> yet there's an entire paragraph of /Finnegans Wake/ in Miller's /Tropic
>>> of Cancer/, lifted verbatim. It's a particularly odd passage, so it's
>>> impossible Miller did it accidentally, nor does it come across as a
>>> 'good' moment so it seems unlikely to have been taken because Miller
>>> thought it a very fine passage -- it looks much more like a veiled
>>> allusion, but I must admit I don't know how it functions.
> I'm curious:  where in Tropic of Cancer is this passage?
> Thanks.
> Philip Walsh
> Ottawa, Canada
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