WHERE: Cornell University Rare Books and Manuscripts Vault, Cornell University
WHEN: Friday, June 9, 2012
James Joyce is perhaps best known for his literary masterpiece Ulysses (1922), with its incredible array of writing styles utilized to parallel Homer's Odyssey. A Dublin-born novelist who eventually completed his college education at University College in his hometown, he is also often credited as the first fiction writer to perfect "stream of consciousness." Cornell University and Katherine Reagan have the entirety of his manuscripts, pictured here.
Purchased in the 1950s from the widow of James Joyce's younger brother Stanislaus, Cornell's James Joyce Collection is the largest archive in the world documenting Joyce's early creative years, up until the time he published Ulysses.
It includes manuscripts, letters, photographs, and books, including the earliest known manuscript of his first book of poems Chamber Music; and manuscripts for parts of Dubliners, Stephen Hero, Ulysses, Pomes Penyeach, and his play Exiles.