Lecture by Joyce Collector and Scholar Jesse Meyers Highlights Opening

James Joyce  Photo by Berenice Abbott
James Joyce Photo by Berenice Abbott

Lecture by Joyce Collector and Scholar Jesse Meyers Highlights Opening

On September 30, 1906, James Joyce sent a postcard to his brother Stanislaus with this post-script: “P.P.S. I have a new story for Dubliners in my head. It deals with Mrs. Hunter.” That story never appeared in Dubliners (1914), but would expand over the next 16 years to become the novel Ulysses.

On Thursday, September 28, the Fales Collection at New York University, located on the third floor of NYU’s Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, will celebrate the centennial of this event with a lecture and the opening of an exhibition entitled “The Three Trials of James Joyce.” At 6:30 p.m. Jesse Meyers, a collector and scholar of Joyce’s masterpiece, will present a lecture examining the cultural legacy of Ulysses, followed by the opening of the exhibition. The event is free and open to the public; for further information and to RSVP for the lecture, call 212.992.9018.

On display through December 10, the exhibition will feature materials drawn from the Fales Collection and from Meyers’ personal collection, including first editions of Joyce’s books and a cornucopia of Joyceiana and ephemera. The show reviews the impact of Joyce and Ulysses on today’s literary landscape.

In his lecture Meyers will speak about everything from the influence of Joyce’s legal battles over the obscenity of his writing to the ways Ulysses is echoed in Mel Brooks’ The Producers.

Meyers has lectured extensively on Joyce and Ulysses and is a member of the James Joyce Society of New York.

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