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Joyce Manuscripts 29 May 02, IT. Ireland spends 12.6 million euros to bring Joycean manuscripts to the National Library.
Joycean Characters Book Magazine ranks top 100 literary characters; several are from Joyce.
Reader's Ulysses 23 Nov 01, BBC. Danis Rose's edited "Reader's Ulysses" ruled breach of copyright.
Fake Deathmask 19 July 01, IT. Faux Joyce deathmask almost sold by Sothebys.
Director threatens action over new Ulysses film 19 June 01, IT. New film under threat by Joyce estate and Strick.
Joyce's 'missing link' in Ulysses tipped to sell for £1.2m 5 June 01, Guardian. Manuscript of Eumaeus.
Foot-and-Mouth and Joyce 14 April 01, IT. Thoughts on the bullock befriending bard and foot-and-mouth disease.
"Finnegans Wake" Breakdown 16 March 01, Salon.com. Susan Hauser discusses her attempts to form a Wake reading group.
Punk Wake 16 March 01, Salon.com. Punk rock and Finnegans Wake.
Row Does Not Affect Sales 27 Feb 01, IT. More on the Joyceless Anthology.
Copyright Row 19 Feb 01, IT. Joyce estate causes problems for a new Irish Anthology.
Odyessy Over 16 Dec 00, IT. Circe received by the National Library of Ireland. See also IT Editorial.
Circe Manuscript Sells 15 Dec 00, IT; 14 Dec 00, Reuters; For 1.4 million.
Circe Manuscript Auction 12 Dec 00, NYT; 9 Dec 00, IT. Reports on the unearthed manuscript for the "Circe" chapter of Ulysses.
Strick Interview 11 Nov 00, IT. Michael Dwyer speaks to the director of the 1967 Ulysses film.
Legal Hassles, Part II 4 Oct 00, IT. The Joyce estate vs. Cork University Press.
Legal Hassles 3 Oct 00, IT. The Cork University Press wanst to excerpt Ulysses, but the Joyce estate says no.
Journey to the Center of Kid A 3 Oct 00, Pitchfork. Brent Sirota compares Radiohead's new CD to Finnegans Wake.
Ban on Strick's Ulysses 27 Sep 00, IT. Strrick's 1967 Ulysses film is finally allowed to be screened in Ireland! Imagine that.
Circe Auction 22 Sep 00, IT. Christie's to auction a newly-discovered manuscript to Ulysses' "Circe" episode.
Ulysses Ban 26 Sep 00, IT. Discusses the 14 year British ban of Ulysses.
New Ferry named Ulysses 1 Sep 00, BBC. B New Wales/ Dublin ferry to be named after Joyce's novel.
You Spigotty Anglease 23 July 00, NYT. Robert Conrad, tongue in cheek, suggests the Wake is about fly-fishing.
James Joyce Street 19 July 00, IT. Dublin's Corporation Street is to be renamed.
Banking on Joyce 10 July 00, New Statesman. Conrad Jameson criticizes the "Joyce industry." (Thanks to Jorn Barger for this link.)
17th James Joyce Symposium 8 July 00, IT. A report on the 17th Joyce Symposium.
Collectors follow in the Wake of Joyce 16 June 00, IT. On the high price of Joyce artifacts.
The War of Words over Joyce's Literary Legacy 10 June 00, IT. A report on Stephen Joyce and the Joyce estate.
Irish Times, Nov. 15, 2003
Stately Ken Monaghan emerged from the dust clouds of 35 North Great Georges Street and intoned hoarsely: "One day this building will become the James Joyce Cultural Centre and will inspire students from all over the world."
Dust was universal, the crumbling plasterwork and rotten stairs eagerly awaited victims, this was optimism gone mad. But 15 years on, Ken, David Norris and friends have transformed the death-trap into a pristine example of Georgian grandeur and a widely acclaimed cultural institution.
Next year sees the centres biggest test, when several hundred international academics will converge to celebrate the James Joyce Symposium and the centenary of Bloomsday. "It will be an exciting occasion and I am sure we will cope," Ken says. "But equally, there may be days when I wish my uncle had chosen some other profession!"
Kens mother, May, was a younger sister of the writer. "I cant remember a time when I wasnt aware of James Joyces existence and activities. But while my two unmarried aunts Eva and Florrie warned me never to admit that I was a nephew of James Joyce, my mother was always defensive of him. She was proud of his work and she had read Dubliners and A Portrait. She collected anything she saw written about him, which we found in various boxes after she died.
"She also often recalled that her brother had always been kind to the girls in the family, whod had a pretty tough life. Sunny Jim the girls called him and, whenever he got paid a few shillings, he would come home with sweets which he used hide behind pictures or books for them to find!
"After leaving Ireland, he corresponded with my mother from time to time. In one of his postcards, he advised her that an American, Gorman, might call in relation to a biography he was writing.Dont tell him anything! he warned.
"Later, my mother was sought out by all sorts of different people - particularly Richard Ellmann, who wrote regularly from the States and once stayed with us in Victoria Road, Rathgar. She lived to see a change in attitudes to Joyce, though things hadnt changed very much when she died in 1966.
"Her sister Eva had died earlier, while Florrie lived until 1973. Eva and Florrie shared a flat in Mountjoy Square and had been both very damaged by the material decline of their father, John Joyce, whom they said had drunk his way through two fortunes.
"From a comfortable life in Blackrock, they were reduced to inner-city survival and they were very bitter. Even my mother would sometimes recall the terror the younger children experienced when they heard the key turn in the lock as their father returned after a binge. They were badly scarred by all the insecurities, the visits of landlords and creditors and the lack of money for food. They never forgot being woken up in the middle of the night to be told that the family was moving again.
"The odd thing is that when the Joyce family met Nora Barnacle, they didnt take too well to her at all. Having come from a comfortable background themselves originally, they apparently looked down on her, though they themselves were by that time living in the same straitened circumstances!"
Family deprivation was one thing, but having it publicised exacerbated the distress. "Eva and Florrie deeply resented James Joyces exposure of the familys problems in Dubliners and A Portrait. They felt he had exposed the family to ridicule. I heard them arguing with my mother about this, saying that people used point them out in the street.
"Florrie worked as a typist in the Law Department of the Hibernian Bank. There was a solicitor there, Walter Murphy, who admired Joyce. Florrie declined to discuss the writer with him. I will not talk about that man, she insisted.
"Had my two aunts survived, I think they might have mellowed a bit with the changing attitudes to Joyce. At the time of their deaths, they could never have dreamed that their brother would finally be acclaimed in Ireland and internationally. But despite the changing attitudes, I still had a cousin from a very religious background who in the 1990s asked me not to advertise on my walks that he also was a relative of James Joyces."
Since the opening of the Joyce centre, Ken Monaghan has taken thousands of people on walks to places of Joycean interest. He takes an understandable pride in being a nephew of the great writer. "But my mother always cautioned: Remember you are related by accident and that it was James who did the writing! But I am gratified that so many people around the world have come to read him. Ulysses has been translated into over 100 languages.
"What I particularly appreciate in Joyce are those qualities which are so alien to my own character; determination, dedication and his total commitment to art and literature. . . Its his most praiseworthy and most frightening trait, because it seemed at times that he didnt care who might get hurt in the process."
Ken Monaghan himself was not lacking in determination when it came to transforming a derelict shell into a cultural institute. With government and EU grants and private donations, the James Joyce Cultural Centre was finally opened in 1996. Though the centre boasts some Joyce artefacts, such as furniture from the Paris apartment where Joyce worked on Finnegans Wake, its main role is to educate the public in the life and work of Joyce.
"It was a hard slog but now we have a library and a reasonably well-stocked research centre. We run educational classes and stage regular readings and performances. We have visitors from all over the world. I think my proudest moment was when I met three students in the library one afternoon, who wanted to glean further information on Finnegans Wake. They had come all the way from Ulan Bator!"
© The Irish Times
Irish Times, Nov. 14, 2002
The Government is considering a proposal to set up a multimedia museum commemorating the life of James Joyce at the Digital Hub in Dublin to coincide with the centenary of Bloomsday in 2004.
The Ulysses@The Digital Hub project is backed by RTÉ and Digital Media Development Limited, the company which is managing the development of the Government's €250 million Digital Hub.
The project has also received the backing of two prominent universities, the State University of New York at Buffalo (US) and the University of Ontario (Canada). These institutions have access to collections of original Joyce works which could be used in a multimedia exhibition.
It is understood Mr Ed Mulhall, head of news at RTÉ, has also met the trustees of the Joyce estate, although it is not clear if they would back the project.
Proponents of the Ulysses project believe the multimedia museum would market itself as a major centre for tourists, but would also provide a range of research and educational material.
Based at the Government's Digital Hub in the Liberties which is currently being developed at a cost of €250 million to attract digital media companies the project would use the latest multimedia techniques to show Joyce's works.
The museum would be based at St Patrick's Tower at the Digital Hub, which is scheduled to be renovated by 2004. A feasibility study of the project was recently undertaken, and the Government is waiting for further information from the sponsors of the project.
A Government spokesman said it was aware of the project but discussions were still at an early stage. It is unclear who would fund the project, but it is believed a mix of public funding and private sponsorship would be sought.
© The Irish Times
Listmaking for the Ages
As the Millennium and the Century wind to a close, people begin doing what they have been doing since the creation of time: make lists. And as it turns out, Mr. James Joyce seems to be popping up on quite a few lists these days. This section will present a running tally. For those wishing to see the full lists for each of the following, click here.
Modern Library Top 100 Books of the Century:
#1 James Joyce, Ulysses
#3 James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
#77 James Joyce, Finnegans Wake
A&E 1000 Most Important People of the Millennium:
#86 James Joyce
Writers Digest 100 Best Writers of the Century:
James Joyce (Alphabetical.)