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Shem the Penman Sings Again (2015)
Shem The Penman is an imagined archive of the actual and much fabled, friendship of James Joyce and John McCormack. The renowned writer and superstar tenor first met in 1904 when Joyce still had hopes of becoming a professional singer himself. They reconnected in Paris in the 1920s and Joyce was to use his first hand knowledge of McCormack to create the character of Shaun the Post in his famously 'unreadable' novel Finnegans Wake. As Joyce struggled with the book for seventeen years, he portrayed himself in it as Shaun's lowly twin brother, Shem the Penman.