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Introduction to the eleventh issue


 Clive Hart remembered
photographs by Fritz Senn and Ian Gunn


This issue is dedicated to the memory of Clive Hart (14 May 1931 27 August 2016).

With Clive the Joyce community has lost one of its most brilliant, knowledgeable and inspiring scholars of the last fifty years. He advanced Finnegans Wake studies dramatically with his handmade and yet incredibly accurate Concordance of Finnegans Wake, his pioneering Structure and Motive in Finnegans Wake and his collaboration with Fritz Senn in the A Wake Newslitter journal. His work on Ulysses has also produced outstanding publications: James Joyce's Ulysses: Critical Essays and James Joyce’s Dublin. A Topographical Guide to the Dublin of Ulysses (with Ian Gunn).

   The range of his interests and talents was truly humbling. Originally studying to become a physicist he was a competent pilot and an acknowledged specialist on the history of flight and man-lifting kites. Together with his second wife Kay Stevenson, a Milton scholar, he researched and wrote Heaven and the Flesh: Imagery of Desire from the  Renaissance to the Rococo. He was fluent in the true sense of the word in Latin (and as such translated and annotated numerous early tracts), French, German and Swedish, and his love and knowledge of classical music was deeply impressive.

   This issue contains Clive Hart’s (and in a supporting role my) work-in-progress attempt at making the “frightful jumble” of the last section of the Oxen of the Sun episode more intelligible. Ian Gunn, who has been working again with Clive on a second edition of Joyce’s Dublin. A Topographical Guide to the Dublin of Ulysses in recent years has written his article on 7 Eccles Street, "The demise of Ithaca", especially for this issue.

   Other features of the issue include a further set of Dublin place-name pronunciations by Robert Nicholson, with links to related historical maps by John Simpson; an update on the OED’s coverage of Joyce in its June 2016 update; Tim Conley’s note on the Crocodile Syllogism, as well as commentary on “he died of a Tuesday”,  “hardy annuals”, and several other expressions from Ulysses.

Harald Beck

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Some memories of Clive

John Gordon: I've never known a scholar I admired more. In "Middlemarch," George Eliot writes about brilliant people tainted by "spots of commonness."  I sure couldn't, and can't, see any in his case.

Ian Gunn: I loved his down-to-earth pragmatism and the way he embraced doubt in his work. He never let theory get in the way of a cold hard fact.


Bob Janusko: He and his work were treasured models for the rest of us.


Harald Beck: Clive was the only wise man I have ever met. He cast a cold eye on death, but a warm one on life.


Aida Yared: A scholar, a gentleman, and a lovely human being ...

Vivien Igoe: A nicer man never trod.