"Shaun the Post" was James Joyce's working title for Book III of his final four-part masterpiece, Finnegans Wake, known as Work in Progress during the eighteen torturous years it took to compose.

Shaun is the second of the two embodiments of the young male principle in this "ideal book for the ideal insomniac." He represents material success, pragmatism, and the dogged and unimaginative middle class, everything that his twin brother Shem, a failed writer and ne'er-do-well does not. Shem is Joyce's alter-ego, a Bohemian character who, among other things, creates ink from his own excrement).

Though easy distinctions can be drawn between the brothers upon first meeting, after some consideration and a good night's sleep it becomes apparent to the careful reader that Shem and Shaun are two sides of the same coin--the Young Man, a fully-realized archetype in a dreamtime universe created by a genius who wanted to be God and starring a character suggestively named Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker, whose initials will forever remind us that "Here Comes Everybody."

Shades of Joyce:

a nice cool glass of Joyce
Anna Livia Plurabelle
Cashel Boyle O'Connor Fitzmaurice Tisdall Farrell
Finnegans Wake
Finn MacCool
Garry Owen
Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker
Issy the Teenage Rainbow
June 16, 2001
Lucia Joyce
Mina Purefoy
Our Exagmination Round His Factification for Incamination of Work in Progress
Shem the Penman
Ulysses is not pornography
Volta Cinema

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