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II. Ulysses.

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In Collection: The Joyce Papers 2002, c.1903-1928.
Description: The Ulysses material in this collection comprises of preparatory and ancillary materials as well as early drafts of the Proteus, Sirens, Scylla and Charybdis, Cyclops, Oxen of the Sun, Circe, Ithaca and Penelope episodes.

According to Professor Michael Groden, General Editor of The James Joyce Archive, and a leading authority on Joyce's manuscripts, the newly acquired Ulysses manuscripts will immediately be seen as the most important collection of early drafts for Ulysses in the world and will instantly catapult the National Library, and Ireland, into a major centre for the study of James Joyce. In support of that view Professor Groden points out that two of the notebooks include the earliest surviving sets of notes, and that there are drafts of no fewer than nine separate episodes of Ulysses; six of these represent hitherto completely undocumented stages of development, five of them are earlier than anything available up to now for the episodes concerned; and one of them is earlier than any draft of Ulysses that was previously known to survive. The handwriting in these manuscripts matches Joyce's known handwriting from the different periods of his life. His method of writing his notes and his drafts, and his use of coloured crayon lines and Xs to signal his use of material in later drafts, are perfectly consistent with other surviving documents. The manuscripts themselves have been rarely touched over the years, and for the most part they are in very good to excellent physical condition. Joyce first referred to "my new novel Ulysses" in mid-1915. In October 1916 he said that he had almost completed the first part as well as parts of the middle and later sections. However, the record of his work during these early years is very sketchy - almost no documents were known to exist until now. This adds immeasurably to the significance of the new collection. – Collection List No. 68 : The Joyce Papers 2002 / compiled by Peter Kenny, Assistant Keeper. National Library of Ireland, 2002.
Main Creator: Joyce, James, 1882-1941.
Citation: MS 36,639/3-14.
Language: English
Extent: 18 notebooks.
1 loose leaf.
5 loose sheets.
Call Number: MS 36,639/3-14 (Manuscripts Reading Room)
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