Review by Choice Review
Between 1914, when A Portrait was first published in The Egoist, and 1924, when Jonathan Cape published the third edition, the printed text of James Joyce's autobiographical novel appeared with numerous variations. Besides the usual clerical errors and editorial rerenderings, there were variants demanded by printers in fear of prosecution for pornography and changes resulting from authorial revision. Then, in 1964, Chester G. Anderson's careful examination of Joyce's holograph of A Portrait yielded the Viking critical edition, which, according to Hans Walter Gabler, embodied "textual compromises." Now, Gabler's own edition (which he terms a "critically eclectic text") emerges from his process of collating the typescript, the Egoist galleys, the Egoist serialization, and the editions of 1916, 1918, and 1924 against Joyce's "faircopy" holograph. The result meets the need for a text that aims at fulfilling "the author's (final) intentions," although undergraduate libraries will find the Anderson edition sufficient for most scholarly purposes. Gabler's edition includes elaborate critical apparatus detailing "the corrections and revisions to the faircopy holograph" as well as a list of "emendations of accidentals" and a "historical collation." P. D. O'Connor; St. Thomas Aquinas College
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