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James Joyce correspondence, 1920-1940

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 1000-012

Scope and Contents

This is an artificial collection, pulling together portions of several acquisitions together. There are 16 pieces of correspondence including of handwritten letters, postcards and calling cards from James Joyce to a variety of people, including Leon Paul Fargue, Mrs. Richard Hughes, Mlle Raymonde Linossier, Armand Petitjean, Sean O'Faolain, Charles Ogden, and Niall Sheridan.

The materials in this collection are originals. There are photocopies of many other items of correspondence in The Richard Ellmann Papers.


  • Creation: 1920 - 1940



French and English. English translations are provided for those letters written in French.


This material is open for research use by any registered reader.

Use and Copyright

This material may be under copyright. This item is physically owned by The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections and permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository. These digital surrogates serves as publication granting copyright over this previously unpublished material to The University of Tulsa in the European Union under provisions in EU law. It is in no way intended to abridge the rights of any previous copyright holders in countries where their copyrights have not yet expired.

Biographical / Historical

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was born on February 2, 1882 in Dublin. He was the oldest of ten surviving children. In 1898 he enrolled in the University College Dublin and studied English, French and Italian. He was involved in theatrical and literary groups. It was during his time at UCD that he published his first work. After graduating in 1903, he briefly studied medicine in Paris before returning to Dublin because of his mother's illness. After her death, he made a living by reviewing books, teaching and singing. In 1904, he met his wife and also began his work on one of his most famous works "Ulysses." He and his wife moved to Zurich, then Trieste where they lived for several years. They had two children. Publisher Harriet Shaw Weaver gave Joyce funds so he could write full-time after reading his works. He ended up in Paris where he would stay and write for twenty years. He died on january 13, 1941 in Zurich. He was considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the 20th century.


0.25 Linear Feet (30 letters)

Physical Location

Located in the 5th floor Vault.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Various sources; noted when known.

James Joyce correspondence 1920-1940
Milissa Burkart
2009 August
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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