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Joyce expert 'sidelined' in a phone call

A JOYCEAN scholar who cracked the literary code to Finnegans Wake says he was sidelined from a project to publish his work on Joyce's notebooks.

Danus Rose said the project to publish the commentary on Joyce's notebooks and the connection with Finnegans Wake was a big step and the realisation of a dream.

He told the High Court the first inkling he had that he would be sidelined was in February 1999, when one of the other scholars involved rang his brother and said "I am divorcing you shortly".

Mr Rose has sued two other Joycean scholars and a Belgian publishers for damages for alleged breach of copyright in relation to his commentary on the James Joyce notebooks.

The case hinges on the alleged copyright of Mr Rose's analysis of the Joyce notebooks. The dispute arises from a commentary published in four volumes entitled James Joyce, The Finnegans Wake Notebooks At Buffalo, in 2001.

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy was told James Joyce kept notebooks. In the 1970s, Mr Rose discovered a rationale or logic for all the notebook entries and how they are connected with the book Finnegans Wake.

Mr Rose, of Strawberry Beds, Dublin, has brought proceedings against Belgian book publishers Brepols; literary scholar Vincent Deane, of Anna Villa, Ranelagh, and Joyce expertGeert Lernout of the University of Antwerp.

Mr Rose claims he gave copies of the commentary to Mr Deane for the purpose of eventual publication and he was to be one of the publication's editors with full attribution. The claims are denied.

The case continues.