Select an episode from the dropdown menu above. This will take you to the top level (published) draft of the chosen episode, our default starting point for exploration of the text. A side menu appears, highlighting the current document in the draft hierarchy. (Top and side menus scroll and collapse.)


Choose any 'draft level' from the side menu that adjoins each Episode. Nested within the categories of editions, proofs, typescripts, faircopy, and protodrafts are links to all available earlier versions of an episode. Also available here is the 'isotext', our synoptic edition.


Customise your view to display or hide 'Notons' and 'Footnotes' (indicated in blue and by the ยบ symbol, respectively). Click a noton to explore Joyce's use of notebook units. Hover over a footnote for details of textual variants. Notons and footnotes are 'on' by default; toggle them 'off' for a clear-reading view.

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  • Click on 'Notebooks' for transcriptions of the notebooks and notesheets, a chronology of their composition, and a list of sources.
  • Consult the 'Appendix' for four chronological lists related to Finnegans Wake: publications, letters, addresses, and a compositional history.


  • Digital versions of the 1939 and 2010 printed editions
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  • Appendix (textual and biographical chronologies, 'A Chicken's Guide')
  • Updates & further acknowledgements

    We periodically update the site to add new features and/or to incorporate new information (sources, scholarly attributions, revisions, corrections, etc.) as we develop them and/or as they are made known to us.
    NOTE: Users of the Finnegans Wake notebooks are recommended to install Ian Gunn's WAKE font (obtainable here) as it renders the famous sigla (e.g. “H”) in the way they should appear (i.e. not as “H”!).
    • August 2018: In addition to implementing a number of corrections and revisions, on the suggestion of a correspondent we have added a link to further information at the head of each draft level and notebook page.
    • For corrections and new information, in particular numerous additions and corrections to notebook N5 (VI.B.2), we would like to thank Robbert-Jan Henkes and Viviana-Mirela Braslasu.
    • December 2018: For numerous corrections to, and additional placings for, the Finnegans Wake notebook entries, especially those relating to I.6 and III.4, we are grateful to Vincent Deane.
    • January 2019: Acting on a suggestion by Ronan Crowley we have updated all the notebook/notesheet links to include direct links (from the notons) to the relevant notebook/notesheet edition. It is unfortunate, however, that because we are as yet unable to include all the Finnegans Wake notebook editions these links in most cases go nowhere! We have also begun the task (also suggested by Ronan) of highlighting the particular phrases lifted by Joyce from his sources.
    • Once again we are indebted to Vincent Deane for numerous corrections and substantial new information relating to the Finnegans Wake notebooks.
    • April 2019: For further corrections and additions to the placings, sources, etc. for the Finnegans Wake drafts and notebooks, we are grateful to Vincent Deane, Robbert-Jan Henkes and Viviana-Mirela Braslasu.
    • May 21, 2019: For further corrections and additions to the placings, sources, etc. for the Finnegans Wake drafts and notebooks, we are again grateful to Vincent Deane, Robbert-Jan Henkes and Viviana-Mirela Braslasu.
    • August 2, 2019: Most of the improvements in the notebook units (the notons) in this update follow the work of Ian MacArthur, Viviana-Mirela Braslasu and Robbert-Jan Henkes communicated either personally or gleaned from their contributions to Genetic Joyce Studies, or both. For a fuller understanding of the context of Joyce's use of individual sources the user of the Archive is encouraged to read the original articles: click on the source title in the unit noton; this brings up a source noton which has a direct link to the relevant article. Alternatively, the individual GJS articles links can be found in the list of sources.
    • August 21, 2019: In this update, missing notebook VI.D.2 has been substantially improved by incorporating recent discoveries of Robbert-Jan Henkes and Viviana-Mirela Braslasu.
    • September 15, 2019: For this update numerous corrections have been made to the notebooks, notesheets and their associated notons. Some links have been reconfigured.
    • March 11, 2020: Ian MacArthur and Viviana-Mirela Braslasu have provided a number of corrections and additions for the notons, as well as a few new placings in the drafts.
    • March 22, 2020: Viviana-Mirela Braslasu hss provided numerous corrections and new details for notebook VI.B.46, which has been substantially updated.
    • March 28, 2020: A list of corrections by Vincent Deane has been incorporated, together with further notes and source quotations in VI.B.46 by Viviana-Mirela Braslasu and John O'Hanlon.
    • April 10, 2020: Viviana-Mirela Braslasu has revised the Buddha and King Arthur notes in VI.B.46, in addition to providing further corrections.
    • April 29, 2020: Thanks to Vincent Deane, Ian MacArthur, and Skaar for emendations to the notebooks.
    • June 6, 2020: For this major update, Stacey Herbert has re-designed the appearance of the notebooks, the notebook descriptions and the source lists. Thanks are also due to Vincent Deane and Skaar for emendations to many details.
    • June 17, 2020: In this update, the re-design has been extended to the draft analyis and the source lists.

    A Chicken's Guide to Finnegans Wake

    We have augmented the Finnegans Wake volume of the JJDA by integrating into it a revised and expanded version of Understanding Finnegans Wake: a guide to the narrative of James Joyce's masterpiece first published in 1979 by Garland. Its purpose is twofold: to enable the reader to follow Joyce's otherwise unreadable book and, once the idea that the book is at least in principle followable, to marvel at how much better its prose is and sounds, whether or not one understands it, when compared to the ordinary prose of the Guide.