Where I would be going this weekend, if not living on different continent: James Joyce archive at the Poetry Collection, University of Buffalo:
UB Anderson Gallery
Discovering James Joyce
The University of Buffalo Collection
The world’s the most distinguished James Joyce Collection resides in the Poetry Collection of the University at Buffalo. The archive is comprised of ten thousand worksheets, notebooks, letters, and scraps of significant notes. It also contains photographs, portraits, books from Joyce’s library, his personal items, first editions, inscribed copies and hundreds of ephemeral items. This exhibition is intended as a means of sharing this remarkable Joyce archive with the general public, the academic community and Joyce scholars. Designed to highlight the scope and variety of significant Joyce archival materials at the Poetry Collection and to reveal some of its most unique facets, Discovering James Joyce features items that have heretofore not received wide exposure. The exhibition has been divided into sections, each highlighting a different strength of the UB Joyce archive.
Joyce, His Family, His Library and Early Work
This section of the exhibition features family portraits, works on paper and Joyce family materials. Items include thirteen family portraits, the Joyce Family Crest and Coat of Arms, a large selection of original photographs and Joyce’s famed walking sticks. Books from Joyce’s private Paris library will be exhibited including his Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats, The Wasteland by T. S. Eliot and A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. Among Joyce’s own early works will be his first publication in Two Essays, 1901, his “Portrait Essay” notebook and Epiphany No.1 (“Pull out his eyes…”).
Ulysses: Origin through the Production, Publication and Reception
This section will trace the evolution of Joyce’s novel Ulysses. It will feature notes and notebooks in Joyce’s hand, typed drafts, placard proofs, and corrected page proofs from many of the novel’s chapters including selections from the Proteus, Cyclops, Ithaca, Oxen in the Sun, Eumeus, Circe and Penelope chapters. Letters from Maurice Darantiere (Joyce’s printer) to Sylvia Beach (Joyce’s publisher) will be on view as well. This portion of the exhibition will feature Joyce’s list of potential subscribers to the novel, filled-in subscription forms for Ulysses from W.B. Yeats, W.C. Williams, Samuel Roth, Djuna Barnes and T. E. Lawrence, and Sylvia Beach’s accounting diary.
Joyce took notes for his final novel, Finnegans Wake, in notebooks. The Poetry Collection is the only Collection in the world where these notebooks can be found. This section will exhibit all 66 Buffalo Finnegans Wake notebooks, corrected drafts of the novel, period photographs and various first editions of the sections of the novel as they were published over the novel’s seventeen year compositional period.
Discovering James Joyce: The University at Buffalo Collection will open during Eire on the Erie, the 2009 North American James Joyce Conference being hosted by the Department of English at UB. For details on the conference, visit http://english.buffalo.edu/jamesjoyce.
Planning for this exhibition has been made possible by a grant from the UB2020 Interdisciplinary Research Development Fund (IRDF).
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