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The James Joyce - Paul Léon Papers,

1930-1940.

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In Collection: The James Joyce - Paul Léon Papers, 1930-1940.
Description: Following the expiration of the fifty year period stipulated by Paul Léon the Joyce-Léon Papers were opened in the National Library of Ireland. The nineteen envelopes were found to contain correspondence and other papers in a rough chronological order. The papers fell into five main groups: the correspondence of James Joyce and Paul Léon, the correspondence of James Joyce and Paul Léon with Harriet Shaw Weaver, general correspondence with Joyce's friends, acquaintances and admirers, business correspondence with his solicitors, agents and publishers and miscellaneous personal and household accounts. - Patricia Donlon, Foreword to The James Joyce Paul Léon Papers : a catalogue / Catherine Fahy. - Dublin : National Library of Ireland.

The most interesting and important group of papers are the two hundred and twenty odd letters exchanged between Joyce and Léon. Most of these letters were written when Joyce was away from Paris. when Joyce was at home Léon talked with him either in person or by telephone and received instructions daily although there were periods when Léon complained to Miss Weaver that he saw Mr Joyce seldom and that Mr Joyce refused to tell him what he wanted. The major themes running through these letters and indeed through the entire collection are the major themes of the last decade of Joyce's life: his efforts to get Ulysses published in England and in America and to finish and publish Finnegans Wake, his money worries, his concern for his daughter Lucia and his efforts to secure publication of her illuminated letters of lettrines, and his own ill health. Where Léon's side of the correspondence survives his letters are in the form of carbon typescripts which he kept intermittently. - Patricia Donlon, Foreword to The James Joyce Paul Léon Papers : a catalogue / Catherine Fahy. - Dublin : National Library of Ireland.

Joyce's publishers, solicitors and friends were all under instructions to communicate with him through Léon at Léon's apartment on 27 rue Casimir-Périer. This included at times even Miss Weaver who came to rely on Paul Léon to keep her in touch with the Joyces. The collection includes two hundred and thirteen letters exchanged between Miss Weaver and Léon, the letters from Leon again surviving in the form of carbon typescripts, though some of the originals can be found in the collection of Harriet Shaw Weaver papers held by the Manuscripts Department of the British Library. - Patricia Donlon, Foreword to The James Joyce Paul Léon Papers : a catalogue / Catherine Fahy. - Dublin : National Library of Ireland.

The files of business correspondence are extensive. Léon was fairly systematic in keeping carbons of business letters so the files read straight through and gave a detailed picture of the sometimes complex and acrimonious negotiations leading to the American and English publication of both Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. In describing the letters an attempt has been made to indicate as fully as possible their subject matter rather than reproduce their style. This is not always easy as Léon's manner of expressing himself tended to be quite convoluted. Any of his letters may contain passages that were dictated or written directly by Joyce as well as paraphrases of Joyce's instructions and Léon's own opinions and interpretations. All of the letters written by Léon are carbon typescript copies unless otherwise specified and he nearly always wrote from his Paris address at 27 rue Casimir-Périer. Each item described consists of one page only unless otherwise specified. - Patricia Donlon, Foreword to The James Joyce Paul Léon Papers : a catalogue / Catherine Fahy. - Dublin : National Library of Ireland.
Main Creator: Joyce, James, 1882-1941.
Created: 1930-1940.
Citation: National Library of Ireland. Department of Manuscripts.
Language: English, French
Extent: Available on microfiche; National Library of Ireland, Department of Manuscripts Reading Room.
Format: MANUSCRIPT
Call Number: JJPL (Manuscripts Reading Room)
Rights: By viewing these materials, you acknowledge that it is your responsibility to comply with the legislation in your jurisdiction particularly copyright (where applicable). We also remind you that the National Library of Ireland owns these materials and makes them available for the purposes of research and private study only. Any other use is strictly prohibited without prior written permission from the National Library of Ireland. The National Library of Ireland accepts no liability or responsibility for the manner in which the materials are used or the results of such use.
Access Conditions: Access restricted. The James Joyce-Paul Léon Papers have been partially digitised and catalogued online. A select number of items can be viewed online (see individual items). The remainder of the collection is available on microfiche in the Department of Manuscripts.
The National Library of Ireland has released a very limited number of papers of a purely personal family nature to Stephen James Joyce, grandson of James Joyce, and, having regard to the wishes of Paul Leon, has decided not to allow access to or publication of certain of the papers prior to the 31st day of December 2050. - Patricia Donlon, Foreword to The James Joyce Paul Léon Papers : a catalogue / Catherine Fahy. - Dublin : National Library of Ireland.