By Don Gifford
In James Joyce's early paintings, as in Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, meanings are usually hid in vague allusions and information of veiled suggestive strength. constant reputation of those hidden signififances in Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a tender guy will require an encyclopedic wisdom of existence in 19th- and twentieth-century Dublin equivalent to few readers own. Now this considerably revised and elevated variation of Don Gifford's Notes to Joyce: ''Dubliners'' and ''A Portrait of the Artist as a tender Man'' places the needful wisdom on the disposal of students, scholars, and common readers. An abundant introductory essay provides the ancient, biographical, and geographical heritage for Dubliners and Portrait. The annotations that persist with gloss position names, outline slang phrases, recount proper gossip, supply tablet histories of associations and political and cultural routine and figures, offer bits of neighborhood and Irish legend and lore, clarify spiritual nomenclature and practices, and remove darkness from cryptic allusions to literature, theology, philosophy, technological know-how and the humanities. Professor Gifford's labors in collecting those information right into a unmarried quantity have led to a useful source-book for all scholars of Joyce's paintings.
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