|Chamber Music. London: Elkin Mathews, 1907. First edition. This is Joyce's first published book, and one that caused him misgivings. Although the delicate and musical verses were appealing enough in their own way, Joyce told his brother Stanislaus that the poems were for lovers, and he was no lover: "All that kind of thing is false." Stanislaus at last persuaded him to allow the book's' publication, as Ellmann relates in his classic biography of Joyce, "with all its dishonesty so that he might publish his other books with all their honesty." Joyce did like the title, with its deflating overtones of the chamber pot, and returned on several occasions to the pun. By 1913, fewer than 200 copies out of 507 printed had been sold.|
|Gas from a burner. [Trieste]: s.n., 1912. Joyce had this broadside printed in Trieste, where he was living at the time, and sent it to his brother Charles to distribute in Dublin. It is a highly personal attack on the publisher who refused to print Dubliners, and begins with the words:
Ladies and gents, you are here assembled
To hear why earth and heaven trembled
Because of the black and sinister arts
Of an Irish writer of foreign parts.
Charles wrote back to Joyce, that "Pappie kicked up blue hell" when he read it and said "He's an out and out ruffian without the spark of a gentleman about him." Due to the fragile and ephemeral nature of the broadside, it is extremely rare. The number of copies printed is unknown.
|Exiles. London: Grant Richards, 1918. First edition. As a young man, Joyce was deeply interested in the theatre, particularly the new European drama, learning Dano-Norwegian in order to read Ibsen in the original, and translating Gerhardt Hauptmann's Vor Sonnenaufgang (Before Sunrise) and Michael Kramer into English when he was still in his early twenties. Exiles, about a writer who returns to Ireland after seven years in Italy, only to have his best friend fall in love with his wife, seems somewhat derivative compared with Joyce's other works. Although it has received greater attention and more performances in recent years, it has never proved a success on the stage. As in the case of Dubliners, Grant Richard at first rejected the play, but eventually decided to publish it.|
|Pomes Penyeach. Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1927. First edition. This little collection of poems, the first Joyce had published since Chamber Music in 1907, includes verses of surprising power, in spite of their traditional style. Joyce's poem to his daughter, Lucia, is particularly moving in light of her eventual descent into mental darkness:
A Flower Given to my Daughter
Frail the white rose and frail are
Her hands that gave
Whose soul is sere and paler
Than time's wan wave.
Rosefrail and fair--yet frailest
A wonder wild
In gentle eyes thou veilest,
My blueveined child.
|Collected Poems. New York: The Black Sun Press, 1936. First edition, one of 800 numbered copies, with a portrait of Joyce by Augustus John. Of this portrait, Ellmann remarks: "John said Joyce had 'a buttoned-up look,' and surprised Joyce at the end of the sittings, by embracing him. Joyce did not altogether like John's drawing, which he thought failed to accurately reproduce the lower part of his face." This collection includes Chamber Music and Pomes Penyeach, along with a new poem, "Ecce Puer," written on the occasion of the birth of his grandson, Stephen James Joyce, and in memory of his father, who had recently died. The poem concludes: "A Child is sleeping:/ An old man gone, / O, father forsaken, / Forgive your son!"|
|Mimeographed original film script of Joseph Strick and Fred Haines' screen adaptation of Ulysses [mid-1960's]. Filmed in Dublin in 1967, and closely following episodes and dialogues from the novel, it was rejected outright by the Irish film censor's office the following year. The film remained banned in Ireland for the next thirty years, and it was not until February, 2001, that it could be shown in the city it depicts. The Lilly's copy of the script appears to be an early draft, with penciled revisions throughout.|