NABOKV-L post 0018426, Fri, 3 Jul 2009 11:06:23 EDT

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Re: [nabokov-l] Google Alert - James Joyce
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Re Nabokov and Eliot, let us now add Joyce.

To quote from page 251 of Richard Ellmann's James Joyce (Oxford
University Press, New and Revised Edition, 1982) on the ending of "The Dead":

The fine description: `It was falling on every part of the dark
central plain, on the treeless hills, falling softly upon the Bog of Allen and,
further westward, softly falling into the dark mutinous Shannon waves,' is
probably borrowed by Joyce from a famous simile in the twelfth book of the
Illiad, which Thoreau translates: `The snowflakes fell thick and fast on a
winter's day. The winds are lulled, and the snow falls incessant,
covering the tops of the mountains, and the hills, and the plains where the
lotus-tree grows, and the cultivated fields, and they are falling by the inlets
and shores of the foaming sea, but are silently dissolved by the waves'

Robert H, Boyle :


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