26 FEBRUARY 1954, Page 28

THERE is a strong tendency for readers of the works

of James Joyce to develop into e students of Joyce.' For .their benefit a considerable apparatus of notes, textual commentaries and systematic elucidations has grown up. Messrs. Slocum and Cahoon's bibliography, fdr example, is the fourth to appear. It is also the best on books and pamphlets written by Joyce, contributions by him to periodicals and newspapers, translations of his works, manuscripts and musical settings of his poems. The sections on translations is not complete, but with its items from Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Portuguese and Urdu as well as the more usual Western languages it is still an impressive testimony to the international interest that Joyce's works have aroused. The section on recordings and broadcasts is rudimentary, though not through any fault of the authors. There is nothing on critical material about Joyce, but the authors have collected a great number of items under this head and hope to publish them later. In the meantime this book is an impressive tribute to the industry and per- ception of its authors, and to the devotion of the better known collectors of Joyce books and papers, including the universities of Yale and Buffalo and Mr. Slocum him- self in the United States and Harriet Shaw Weaver in this country. w. T.