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Come in

ford madox ford, james joyce, and ezra poundA story often repeated is that Joyce’s sometime amanuensis, Samuel Beckett, inserted the words “come in” into Finnegans Wake, unaware that Joyce was answering a knock at the door. This story originates, I think, with Richard Ellman’s biography, James Joyce; at any rate it appears there. I think that Beckett himself may have promoted the anecdote, which may be more pertinent to him than to Joyce.

But where in the text does this phrase appear?


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  1. Google Books has “come in” on pp. 322, 393, 566 and 623.

  2. Excellent! Thanks, Conrad.

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