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Bloomsday 2.0

joyce2.jpgEvery June 16th, readers, writers, and bloggers gather in Dublin to commemorate the journey that James Joyce‘s character took around the Irish city in 1904 during the novel, “Ulysses.”

As we shuffle through this recession, most literary travelers won’t make the trip to Dublin this year. Luckily Throwaway Horse LLC has created a hyperlinked graphic novel based on the book–visualizing the novel in full-color for readers stuck behind computers.

Here’s more about the project: “‘Ulysses ‘SEEN” is the inaugural project of Throwaway Horse LLC. Throwaway Horse is devoted to fostering understanding of public domain literary masterworks by joining the visual aid of the graphic novel with the explicatory aid of the internet. By creating ‘Web 2.0′ versions of these works, we hope to proliferate and help to not only preserve them, but ensure their continued vitality and relevance.” (Via Literary Kicks)

School Magazine is Treasure Trove of Early Auden Poems

A collection of previously unknown poems, thought to be early examples of the work of W H Auden, have been unearthed in a school magazine, reports the Independent’s Ciar Byrne. The three poems from 1922 and 1923, which will form part of centenary celebrations for Wystan Hugh Auden at Gresham’s School next week, were discovered by John Smart, a former head of art, who chanced across them while researching the life of another literary old boy. Smart is writing a biography of John Hayward, a close friend of T S Eliot and an important critic of his work. In the course of his research, he read old copies of The Gresham, the magazine Hayward edited during his time at the school in Holt, Norfolk, where he was a pupil a couple of years before Auden.

Smart said: “None of the poems I’ve found I could claim was a great poem.” But, he added that the juxtaposition of “Evening and Night on Primrose Hill” and the more traditional “Dawn” in 1922, the year in which T S Eliot’s The Waste Land and James Joyce‘s Ulysses were published, showed “the modern, put against the old way – two totally different styles”.

Scholar Can Quote from Joyce Novel After All

A Stanford University professor who sued James Joyce‘s estate for the right to quote excerpts from FINNEGANS WAKE and letters between the author and his daughter will be able to use the material after agreeing to settle the case, reports the AP. As part of an agreement reached this week, the Joyce estate said it would not sue scholar Carol Schloss for copyright infringement if the books, manuscripts and other documents she wants to cite both in print and on a Web site were only made available in the United States. “Our client got exactly what she asked for in her complaint, and more,” said Anthony Falzone, who directs the Fair Use Project at Stanford’s Law School.

The dispute involved Shloss’ research for LUCIA JOYCE: TO DANCE IN THEIR WAKE, a 2003 book in which she suggested that James Joyce’s mentally ill daughter was the muse behind FINNEGANS WAKE. To support her theory, Shloss relied on Lucia Joyce‘s medical records, European archives that contained records on her life and Joyce’s papers in university collections. The estate challenged Schloss’ authority to quote or footnote the material, however, saying she would be infringing on its ownership of Joyce’s image.

“When we are squeezed between the aggression of literary estates and the apprehensions of publishers, something very important is lost,” Schloss said in a statement. “I fought not just for Lucia and Joyce, whose words had to be taken out of my book, but for the freedom to consider what happened to them and for the freedom of others to respond to my ideas.”

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