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James Joyce Reading "Anna Livia Plurabelle".
Cambridge: The Orthological Institute, 1929 - Original vinyl 12-inch LP record in original buff sleeve. Record's sleeve's fore edge a little brittle and with brown packing tape repairs to 3 sides, the record itself has an excellent playing surface. First pressing of the recording of James Joyce reading a passage from the "Anna Livia Plurabelle" section of his draft of Finnegans Wake. While staying in London in summer 1929 Joyce was aproched by linguist Charles Kay Odgen to do a reading as part of Odgen's Basic English project. The recording took place at Odgen's Orthological Society in Cambridge later in that year. Sylvia Beach wrote: "How beautiful the 'Anna Livia' recording is, and how amusing Joyce's rendering of an Irish washerwoman's brogue! This is a treasure we owe to C. K. Ogden and Basic English. Joyce, with his famous memory, must have known 'Anna Livia' by heart. Nevertheless, he faltered at one place and, as in the Ulysses recording, they had to begin again." This record is from the first pressing, which was made for Odgen and the Onthological Society, three further pressings were subsequently released by His Master's Voice, Argus Book Shop, Chicago, and Gotham Book Mart, New York. Slocum p. 173. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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