riverrun is the first word of James Joyce's monumental Finnegans Wake. It is uncapitalized because the author wanted his book to have no beginning or end. Thus the wake "ends" with the words:
First. We pass through grass behush the bush to. Whish! A gull. Gulls. Far calls. Coming, far! End here. Us then. Finn, again! Take. Bussoftlhee, mememormee! Till thousendsthee. Lps. The keys to. Given! A way a lone a last a loved a long the
returning to the "beginning":
riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.
In these brief examples alone, we can see how Joyce's use of language, suggestion, and onomatopoeia combine to make him the unrivaled master of English prose.


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