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VI.C.11: "Work in Progress"/Finnegans Wake Scribal Notebook (1936–1937)

Material Description

The manuscript has floral-designed maroon covers over boards, with a black tape spine, which is worn but intact, and the edges of all the leaves are speckled blue-and-white. There are blue-and-white marbled design papers pasted to the front cover verso and back cover recto; the front flyleaf verso and back flyleaf recto are plain white, unlined paper. The notes are in the hand of Mme Raphael in black ink. Joyce used blue and red colored crayons to cross through the notes he had used in his manuscripts. He also made vertical marks in red crayon beside some of the uncrossed notes.


The manuscript consists of 140 leaves (280 pages) of blue horizontally ruled paper, 12 stitched gatherings (the 1st and 12th gatherings are composed of 20 pages and the 2nd through 11th gatherings are composed of 24 pages); none of the pages are detached. All of the pages including the front flyleaf verso and back flyleaf recto are inscribed; none are blank.


The manuscript measures 18.8 x 14.5 cm.


The notebook contains transcriptions of Joyce’s notes in the following primary notebooks:

Scribal Notebook: Primary Notebook JJA
MS VI.C.11, pp. [001]–[058] MS VI.B.17, pp. [001]–[068] 43.287–301
MS VI.C.11, pp. [059]–[061] [MS VI.B.17; missing pages] 43.301–302
MS VI.C.11, pp. [061]–[063] NLI MS 36,39/19, pp. [001] and [002]
Images 19-002, recto and 19-001, verso
MS VI.C.11, pp. [063]–[093] MS VI.B.17, pp. [069]–[104] 43.302–310
VI.C.11, pp. [093]–[095] NLI MS 36,39/19, pp. [003] and [004]
Images 19-001, recto and 19-002, verso
MS VI.C.11, pp. [096]–[217] [MS VI.D.6; missing notebook(s)] 43.310–341
MS VI.C.11, p. [218]–back flyleaf recto MS VI.B.20, front cover verso–p. [101] 43.341–357


The pages are not numbered.


Mme Raphael prepared the transcriptions in this notebook in 1936 to early 1937 in Paris (TD 34), probably contemporaneously with MS VI.C.15, and Joyce used the notebook in 1936 and 1937.

Other Markings

The notebook was marked "11" in blue crayon on the front flyleaf verso, probably by Joyce.


The manuscript has been reproduced in black and white photo-facsimile in JJA 43.286–357.


A detached sheet (2 leaves; 4 pages) of the notebook that has been catalogued as Buffalo MS VI.B.17 is now NLI MS 36,639/19; further pages of the notebook that were transcribed in MS VI.C.11 are still missing.
There is a printed stationer’s label on the front cover verso that reads: "Papeterie Imprimerie | – RELIURE – | A. Roques | & Fils | 1 & 3, Rue de Condé | 4, Rue de l’Odéon | PARIS (VIe) | DANTON 02-50".