Center for Latter-day Saint Arts

On This Day...

A DAILY FACTOID OF OUR ART HISTORY

May 4

James Joyce's sprawling novel of allusions and wordplay, Finnegans Wake, was published on this day (1939). In its innumerable puns and parodies, Mormonism appears multiple times, including this: "usking queasy quizzers of his ruful continence, his childlinen scarf to encourage his obsequies where he'd check their debths in that mormon's thames" (197.35-36; 199.1) "The Mormons at The Wake," by L. L. Lee, James Joyce Quarterly, Vol. 10, No. 4 (Summer, 1973)

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