James Joyce Documents Donated To University Of Reading

A collection of James Joyce’s letters, books, and manuscripts join a similar display of Samuel Beckett’s at the University of Reading.

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Spring cleaning has come early for many famous intellectuals and authors. Historic items from the libraries of both Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Paul Gallico were recently put up for auction, and now items from James Joyce have been donated to the University of Reading.

A 1931 telegram from Beckett to Joyce, reading “Teems of times and happy returns. Beckett”

The donation by James Joyce’s grandson includes almost 900 letters written by and to the famous Irish author, along with various manuscripts and books. One of the more prominent items from the collection of documents is a telegram sent by fellow author Samuel Beckett to Joyce on his 49th birthday. There is also a rare photo of Beckett at Joyce’s wedding, emphasizing the close friendship between the two authors.

The university also houses a collection by Beckett, prompting the author’s nephew, Edward Beckett, to refer to the joining of these two collections as “wonderful.” Dr. Mark Nixon of the university also stated that “[s]uch gems among the collection will prove invaluable to those studying these two historic writers.” The James Joyce collection will join Beckett’s at the university soon and will be available to the public.

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