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A Visitor Immortalized In <I>Finnegans Wake</I>
Français : Samuel Beckett. Credit: Roger Pic (Public domain)

Once or twice James Joyce dictated a bit of Finnegans Wake to Samuel Beckett, though dictation did not work very well for him. In the middle of one session there was a knock at the door which Beckett didn't hear.

Joyce said, "Come in," and Beckett naturally wrote it down.

Later, reading back what he had written, Joyce said: "What's that? 'Come in'?"

"Yes, you said that," Beckett replied.

Joyce thought for a moment, then said "Let it stand."

Joyce in Zürich, c. 1918

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