UWM Libraries UWM Libraries Newsletter
Spring 2006
No. 49

Libraries Uncover 75-Year-Old Joycean Publishing Error

The UWM Libraries have discovered the misidentification of a James Joyce galley proof annotated in his hand.

The eight-page proof, held by the UWM Libraries, is part of the third galley proof for "Continuation of a Work in Progress," a piece published by Joyce in volume 13 of transition magazine during the summer of 1928, according to Dr. Luca Crispi, James Joyce Research Fellow with the National Library of Ireland. Joyce's serialized "Work in Progress" published in transition became the famous Finnegans Wake in 1939.

The third galley proof was printed in Paris in the spring or early summer of 1928. Changes and corrections made by Joyce on these pages were very likely incorporated into the fourth galley proof, upon which the published "Continuation of a Work in Progress" was based.

The Joyce proof was misidentified until this past autumn, due largely to an interesting publishing error made seventy-five years ago. Margaret Anderson, editor and founder of the Little Review magazine, reproduced this eight-page galley proof in her 1930 autobiography My Thirty Years' War, incorrectly citing it as a Ulysses galley.

It is due to the expertise of Dr. Crispi, his recent close reading of that reproduction, and the close attention of the archivists at UWM Libraries that UWM's galley proof is now correctly identified, and placed within the history of Joyce's early serial publication of Finnegans Wake. The import of this galley proof to the evolution of Joyce's writing is not yet fully understood, which contributes to the current interest in this exciting and valuable manuscript

The galley proof is one of many important documents in the Little Review Records at the Archives Department at UWM Libraries. The Little Review was an international arts and literature serial and a highly celebrated "little magazine" of the early twentieth century. The magazine's editorial files came to UWM in 1966, to support research and scholarship on campus, particularly the English Department's new PhD program.

Since that time, many students, scholars and members of the public have benefited from the rich source material provided by the Little Review Records. The collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, and art from such luminaries as Man Ray, Jean Cocteau, Ezra Pound, Ben Hecht and Else von Freytag-Loringhoven. Recently, an exhibition on Freytag-Loringhoven at the Literaturhaus Berlin in Germany highlighted select documents from UWM's collection.

For more information on the Little Review Records and the Archives Department at UWM Libraries, call the Archives at (414) 229-5402 or see http://www.uwm.edu/Libraries/arch/findaids/uwmmss01.htm

Ellen Engseth


Better than Barnes & Noble: A Student Talks Up the UWM Libraries

Alexis Ronsmans is a junior in English at UWM and has worked as a student employee in Circulation since the fall of 2003. We recently asked her what she thought the Libraries offered to undergraduates. Here is her answer:

Despite what I said at my job interview, I had never made it past the lobby before I was hired. I meet a lot of people on the verge of graduation borrowing books for the first time, and it never surprises me.

Once, the Library was just a big scary-looking building in the middle of campus. I didn't know about the Music Library on the second floor, complete with CDs, LPs, musical scores, and biographies of everybody's favorite dead punk rock stars. I couldn't have told any of the impoverished students who come into the library asking where to rent movies that there is a Multimedia Library, complete with DVDs and videotapes. And yes, they have Kill Bill 1 and 2.

The fun doesn't stop at just about 5.1 million items. For materials not at Golda Meir Library, you can order books from other Wisconsin universities and have them sent to the Circulation Desk. The whole process usually only takes a few days and your bibliography will never have looked so good.

I've also learned about all the important details. Like soft places to take a nap. Like photocopiers, bathrooms and water fountains. Like the coffee shop, used book sales, tutors, magazines, typewriters, quiet places to study, and places to study with friends. Like shelves that move when the green button is pressed. And, of course, there are computers and wireless Internet. Not to mention the Library is free. We're better than Barnes & Noble.

At 3 a.m. when I want to know where I can buy a foosball table, I still need to use the Internet from home. But when my wireless internet disappears into thin air, when I can't afford to buy every novel assigned, and when all I need in the world is to sit somewhere and listen to Bob Marley on head phones bigger than I can afford, I have the Library.


Steven Burnham, Editor, sburnham@uwm.edu
Krystyna Matusiak, Newsletter designer