Though the mention of Ithaca, New York, may not immediately make one think of that giant of 20th century literature, James Joyce, there is a compelling connection between that city's fine Cornell University and this legend of letters. The Joyce Collection came to Cornell via the generosity of one of its alumni, William G. Mennen, who had the foresight to purchase dozens of Joyce's manuscripts and working drafts from the widow of Joyce's brother. This online exhibit provides ample information about these wonderful documents, along with an overview of Joyce's work and life. Moving through the different segments, visitors can learn about his early years and his struggle to produce his masterpiece, _Ulysses_. Along the way, visitors can view a selection of items, including a handwritten note to Henrik Ibsen and several rare photographs of Joyce. The site also contains an interesting story from Professor Emeritus M.H. Abrams on how the collection arrived at Cornell in the 1950s.
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