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Richard Ellmann resources on the Web

Jorn Barger January 2000 (updated May2001)

Apr2001: The University of Tulsa has put their Ellmann page back up.


Does Ellmann's biography unfairly denigrate James Joyce?

[Just collecting quotes at this point]

p71: "Perhaps to substantiate his high opinion of his own work, Joyce wrote the editor of the Fortnightly Review..."

p87: "This is the sort of letter that the recipient discards hastily and the writer files away..."

p106: "his usual impetuous quickness to discover enemies"

p106: "he always presented his caprices as reasoned plans"

p109: "Joyce needed exile as a reproach to others and a justification of himself"

p109: "he fattened on opposition and grew thin and pale when treated with indulgence"

p114: "to be 'alone and friendless' was tolerable; to have his poem rejected was less so... compounding these hints with a child's helplessness..."

p116: "In actual life Joyce searched in vain for any foundation for his feeling" [about Byrne's betrayal]

p119: "employing what was by now a favorite device... immediately launched into a strange, sententious discussion"

p119: "Joyce offered no such encomium."

p119: "Joyce imaginatively transformed such remote possibilities into certainties"

p119: "probably feeling that he had acted foolishly"

p120: "signed his name and the date after each as if to guarantee its importance"

p122: "He pursued her relentlessly with the glazed, unseeing eye of the very hungry man, his pity reserved for himself"

p124: "since Joyce was equally doctrinaire"

p125: "No manuscript was ever read with less sympathy."

p127: "a useful check on his own penchant for lyricism"


Errors in James Joyce

p112: "Maud Gonne... her niece" (daughter)

p115: "As a last gesture" (a full week before leaving)

p116: (account of Byrne-break makes no sense)

p117: "Gogarty... taking a degree at Oxford" (Oxford was 1904; 1903 was Trinity)

p118: (Best and Magee didn't start at Library until 1904)

p118: Best "spoke with a prissiness" (not really)

p118: Magee "was down on the imagination" (not exactly)

p120: LadyG "visiting in London" (winter residence, I think)

p121: "Men and Women... never appeared" (it did)

p127: "changing his name to Rene-Ulysse" (not Chown)

p128: "Then came a hint" (time-inversion of telegram)


Biographical

1918: 15Mar (Fri): Richard David Ellmann born in Highland Park, Mich
1939: BA from Yale
1941: MA from Yale
1942? begins study on WBY [ymm-ix]
1942-43: Instructor at Harvard
1943-46: US Navy; temp assignment to Office of Strategic Services [ymm-ix] [links]
1945: Sep: 2 weeks leave from OSS to visit George Yeats at 46 Palmerston road, Rathmines [ymm-ix] (1st to see bio trove)
1946-47: year in Dublin studying bio trove [ymm-x]
1947: B.Litt. from Trinity College Dublin; PhD from Yale
1947-48: Instructor, Harvard
1948: Yeats: The Man And The Masks [blurb]

1948-51: Assistant Professor, Harvard
1949: 12Aug: arried Mary Donohue
1951-68: Professor of English, Northwestern University
1952: starts planning JJ bio w/working title "The Hawklike Man" (from Scylla)
1953: summer: in Europe visits Maria Jolas; Ottocaro Weiss introduces Ellmann to Stannie
1954: The Identity Of Yeats
1954: 2nd visit to Stannie
1955: 16Jun: death of 71yo Stanislaus Joyce [e744]

Ellmann deals with widow Nelly for letters; Cornell pays $37k

1956: Fellow at Indiana University
1957: Stuart Gilbert edits 'Letters 1' [jacket]
1957: Ellmann quashes Eileen MacCarvill's version of the critcal writings
1958: Ellmann edits Stannie's 'My Brother's Keeper'
1959: Visiting Professor, University of Chicago

1959: Ellmann's James Joyce [jacket] [Amazon]
1959: The Critical Writings of James Joyce, (edited with Ellsworth Mason)
1960: Fellow at Indiana University
1964: The Identity of Yeats, 2nd edition
1965: The Modern Tradition (edited with Charles Feidelson, Jr)
1966-72: Senior Fellow, Indiana University

1966: Ellmann edits Letters 2 and 3 [jacket] [Bibliofind] [ABE]

1967: Visiting Professor, University of Chicago
1967: Eminent Domain: Yeats among Wilde, Joyce, Pound, Eliot and Auden
1968-70: Professor of English at Yale
1968: Giacomo Joyce (ed)
1969: Oscar Wilde: A Collection Of Critical Essays (ed)

1969? "Artist As Critic" (Wilde)

1970-84: Goldmsiths' Professor of English Literature at Oxford [cite]
1972: Ulysses On The Liffey
1973: Golden Codgers (Biographical Speculations)
1973: The Norton Anthology Of Modern Poetry (edited with Robert O'Clair)
1974: Ulysses On The Liffey (revised paper edition)
1975-77: visiting professor at University of Chicago

1975: Selected Letters of James Joyce (includes controversial 1909 erotica)
1976: Modern Poems: An Introduction to Poetry (edited with Robert O'Clair)
1976: New Oxford Book of American Verse (ed)
1977: The Consciousess of Joyce
1979: Yeats: The Man And The Masks (corrected edition)

1979: Yeats review in NYRB [rsn]

1980?-87: Emory University as the first Robert W. Woodruff Professor [utulsa says '82']

?: "WB Yeats Second Puberty"

1982: 2nd revised edition of JJ bio
1982: Kenner criticises bio as 'Irish Facts' [cite]
1982: article for Irish Times on JJ's religion and politics [etext]
1982: The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings (ed)
1982-86: Professor of English at Emory (following attainment of Emeritus status at Oxford)

1983? "Uses of Decadence: Wilde, Yeats, and Joyce"
1983: Arnold Goldman critiques JJ bio [cite]
1984: Ulysses On The Liffey (reissued with further corrections)
1985: Samuel Beckett, Nayman of Noland: a lecture delivered at the Library of Congress on April 16, 1985
1985: Yeats review in NYRB [rsn]
1986: Four Dubliners: Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett

1987: 13May: death of 69yo Richard Ellmann in Oxford

1987: Oscar Wilde papers at Tulsa [link]

1989: A long the riverrun (essays)

1989: Philip Herring critiques JJ bio [cite]
1991: Ira Nadel critiques JJ bio [cite]
1992: Joseph Kelly critiques JJ bio [cite]
1993: Denis Donoghue critiques JJ bio [cite]
1995: Bernard McGinley critiques JJ bio [cite]

I have heard that a German published a booklength critique of the JJ bio, but I can find no info on this.

Sources: [Tulsa] [EB]; Brockman, Nadel

Pic: blurry


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closereadings: notes : Oxen : Circe

Finnegans Wake:
txt: [I.1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 II.1 2 3 4 III.1 2 3 4 IV] : [HTML]
shorter: main : I.1-4 : 5-8 : II.1-2 : 3-4 : III.1-2 : 3 : 4 : IV
reference: thunder : Quinet : waves : [MP3 ALP] : FrALP : ItalALP : ch4 digest : Finn's Hotel : JAJquotes : search
drafts: NewGame : ROC : Kev : B&P : T&I : HCE : Mmlj : Cad : Rev : Pacata
closereadings: notes : ROC : T&S : Kev : B&P : T&I : HCE : Mmlj : Cad
theory: AI : archetypes : WakeOS : notes : origin : Scribble

Portrait:
ref: main : ch1 : ch1 notes : ch2 : 3 : 4 : 5a : 5b : Pinamonti : [notes] : [Cave] : [Gabler]

SHero: outline : quotes : PoA04

Dubliners:
etexts: Sis : Sis04 : Sis05 : Enc : Araby : Evel : After : 2Gall : Board : LitCl : Cntr : Clay : Pain : Ivy : Moth : Grace : Dead
guides: main : [Cave] : [Peng]

Other:
Exiles: Ex1 : 2 : 3

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