IN "ULYSSES," JAMES JOYCE wrote "A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery." One editor seems to have taken these words as a personal challenge. Danis Rose's new"Ulysses: A Reader's Edition" (Macmillan UK) comes complete with 8,000 to 10,000 changes--based not on some long-lost manuscript but on Rose's personal copy-editing. Words like "nightblue" and "dressinggown" are broken up, idiosyncratic spellings such as "woful" corrected. Most noticeably, Molly Bloom's unpunctuated chapter is now replete with apostrophes, hyphens and italics. "A person can read this in two weeks instead of a year," says Rose. "Let's say that I have removed from various rooms in Joyce's mansion cobwebs from the past." Boston University's John Kidd, one of Rose's biggest critics, is aghast. "What's next, the Reader's Digest Condensed 'Finnegans Wake'?"
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