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In 1914, when Joyce was reading the proofs for Dubliners, he sent his publisher, Grant Richards, excerpts of reviews of Chamber Music that he had a printer reproduce. Joyce intended that they be used as inserts in the press copies of the book. The following are a few quotations. ) The Critical Writings of James Joyce Daily News: Light and evanescent, pretty and fragile. . His poems are attempts at music: he has tried to express one art in terms of another. His aim has been to catch in his great lyrical masters.

The play had its premiere on August 25, 1909, at the ABBEY THEATRE, whose codirectors, William Butler YEATS and Lady Augusta GREGORY, had been instrumental in securing its production. Joyce, with his son, was in Ireland visiting his family, and he had arranged beforehand to cover the opening performance of the play for Il Piccolo della Sera. In the article that he wrote afterward, Joyce applauds the Abbey’s victory over censorship, a problem that had begun to plague his own writings. ) Nonetheless, Joyce’s review is not wholly uncritical.

In December 1939 the Joyces left Paris for SAINT-GÉRAND-LE-PUY, a village near Vichy in central France where they stayed for most of the next year as political events unfolded. Paul Léon, who with his wife had also traveled to Saint-Gérand-le-Puy, returned to Paris in the fall. He subsequently recovered a great deal of Joyce’s books and personal papers from the Joyces’ apartment in Paris. Unfortunately, Léon 15 James Joyce in his graduation picture from University College, 1902 (Croessman Collection of James Joyce, Special Collections/Morris Library, Southern Illinois University) remained in the city into 1941, and was arrested by the Nazis and put to death as a Jew.

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