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A Passion for Joyce
The Letters of Hugh Kenner and Adaline Glasheen

Hugh Kenner (author)
Adaline Glasheen (author)
Professor Edward M. Burns (author)
Publication date:
5th June 2008

Author Biography

Hugh Kenner (1923-2003), Canadian literary critic and distinguished Joyce scholar. He held academic posts at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Georgia. Adaline Glasheen (1920-1993) was the author of the Census to Finnegans Wake and other writings on Joyce. Edward M. Burns is Professor of English at William Paterson University of New Jersey. His editions include A Tour of the Darkling Plain: The 'Finnegans Wake' Letters of Thornton Wilder and Adaline Glasheen, and he is co-editor of TEXT: An Interdisciplinary Annual of Textual Scholarship.


This volume contains all of the extant letters written to each other by the renowned Joyce scholars, Hugh Kenner and Adaline Glasheen, between 1953 and 1984. In these frank letters, we are offered the opportunity to visit the creative process. The letters have been carefully annotated so that we can follow how their ideas are absorbed into their published writings. They do not hesitate to try out ideas on each another and they do not hesitate to express uncomfortable opinions. Their contributions to the common cause spark off each other. This book will be a compulsive read for Joyce scholars, for scholars of literary modernism, and for those interested in the history of literary criticism.