As might have been predicted, war has broken out over a new 'corrected' edition of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake, edited by Danis Rose and John O'Hanlon and published by Houyhnhnm Press. But don't all rush out to buy it as it costs €300.
First out of the traps has been Terence Killeen who wrote a critical review in last Saturday's Irish Times, headed 'A flawed Finnegans Wake-up call' and declining to give Rose and O'Hanlon's edition a 'warm welcome'. In today's IT Bruce Arnold, who had championed the new edition of the Wake in the Indo, steps in to defend Rose and O'Hanlon (brothers apparently), describing Killeen's review as 'dismissive' and wondering why he had not travelled out to Strawberry Beds to talk things over with the two lads before publishing. Anthony Farrell of Houyhnhnm also weighs in, referring to Killeen's 'remarkable begrudgery' in the face of the 'finest feat of Irish textual scholarship of recent decades'.
Keen observers of the Joycean scene are waiting with bated breaths to see what happens next. And oh yes, I must have another go at reading Finnegans Wake.