James Joyce in Paris

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Gisele Freund (1908-2000) is known for her portraits of the French literary elite. Freund kept an archive of all of her portraits of Joyce, his friends and contemporaries and of the Paris that he knew and loved. In 1965 Harcourt Brace & World agreed to publish James Joyce in Paris: His Final Years, her photo essay with text by V.B. Carleton, who had worked on an earlier project with Freund. Simon de Beauvoir wrote the preface to the book.

The University of Victoria Special Collections bought the archive of the book in the early 1970s. The fonds consists of 161 photographs (many more than were published in the book) and the correspondence, manuscripts, paste-ups and proofs for the book.

Many of the photos are of Joyce proofing manuscripts in his home, Joyce with family and around Paris, but also a who's who of French, English and American writers and editors from the era. In addition, there are many memorable pictures of Paris in the late 1930's most notably of the "Shakespeare and Company" bookstore which originally published Ulysses in 1922.

Image shown: Joyce with Sylvia Beach and Adrienne Monnier at Shakespeare and Company ©Estate Gisele Freund/IMEC Images

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