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The Irish Independent‘s Orlaith O’Neill has written a short report on the set of CDs just released by the British Library entitled The Spoken Word: Irish Poets and Writers–I Will Arise. It’s a gangly title but the collection includes radio broadcasts, recordings, and interviews with W.B. Yeats, Sean O’Casey, Elizabeth Bowen, Frank O’Connor, and many others.
According to O’Neill, the latter reflects briefly on a meeting with Joyce in Paris when the pair discussed some shared memories of Cork and the uncertain status of Ulysses in Ireland. O’Connor reminds us that the Joyce’s household language was Italian and he came away from the encounter at the Rue de Grenelle clearly finding the family and author both a bit disconcerting. Among other things, O’Connor claims that Joyce suffered a kind of “associative mania”–a not unsurprising diagnosis of the mind then at work on Finnegans Wake.
We’re planning to review The Spoken Word CDs ourselves in a forthcoming issue of JJQ.
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