The circumstances under which this copy was given were recorded by Sheridan, O'Nolan's great friend, in his contribution to Myles. Portraits of Brian O'Nolan (included in this lot). Sheridan had helped edit O'Nolan's draft, cutting it by about a fifth. Before publication he was given this, his own inscribed copy, and later entrusted with taking a copy to James Joyce in Paris: "He was alone in the flat when I called, and he said Sam Beckett has already praised At Swim-Two-Birds very highly to him and that he looked forward to reading it... [It] was, I am certain, the last novel he ever read" (pp.48-49).
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