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 Post subject: New book about James Joyce's dancing daughter
PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2003 11:03 am 
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I may actually read this one. It sounds interesting. From the SF Chronicle.

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A promising artist waylaid by crashing of her mind
Stanford scholar examines life of James Joyce's daughter

Reviewed by William S. Kowinski

In the spring of 1929, Lucia Joyce was one of six finalists in the first international festival of dance in Paris. In a startling, slithery-scaled mermaid costume of blue, green and silver that she designed and made, she improvised a dance that was so enthusiastically received that the audience booed when first prize was chauvinistically awarded to a Frenchwoman, and demanded it be given to "the Irish girl." Then the 22-year-old Lucia went off to celebrate with her father, James Joyce, and her beau, Samuel Beckett.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2003 12:30 pm 
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I always look forward to biographies of artists written by Stanford professors. Remember Diane Middlebrook's controversial biography on Anne Sexton that was partially based on Sexton's psychiatrist's notes? When I talked to her about the book many years ago, Middlebrook took quite a no-nonsense stance about the ethics of using those notes. Then there were her biographies on Ted Hughes (and Sylvia Plath) and Billy Tipton, the jazz musician who turned out to be a "she."

And don't forget the auto-biography by Carl Djerassi, "The Pill, Pygmy Chimps, and Degas' Horse," that includes an accounting of his invention of The Pill. He also wrote the, um, fiction-based (yeah, right) novel, "Cantor's Dilemma," that is being used in science ethics classrooms all over the US (yes, this is the same Djerassi whose Paul Klee collection adorns various museums around the world).

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Oh, btw, I think this should go in Misc... Follow me there.


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A Portrait of the Artist's Troubled Daughter

By DINITIA SMITH
The New York Times
November 22, 2003

She was the light giver, the "wonder wild," James Joyce wrote of his daughter, Lucia. She was what Joyce scholars call the "Rainbow girl" in his masterpiece, "Finnegans Wake," Issy the temptress, who magically breaks up into the colors of the rainbow. Lucia had a mind "as clear and as unsparing as the lightning," Joyce once wrote in a letter. "She is a fantastic being."
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'Lucia Joyce': No She Said No

By HERMIONE LEE
The New York Times
December 28, 2003

James Joyce said, in 1934: ''People talk of my influence on my daughter, but what about her influence on me?'' Or so the Joyce biographer Richard Ellmann was told, 20 years afterward, by Joyce's close friend Maria Jolas. At around the same time, Ellmann also interviewed Carl Jung, who in 1934 had ''treated'' Joyce's daughter. Lucia Joyce and her father, Jung told Ellmann, were ''like two people going to the bottom of a river, one falling and the other diving.'' In the matter of his daughter, Ellmann commented, Joyce was ''foolish fond like Lear.''
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Lucia Joyce by Carol Loeb Shloss
Reviewed By MIRANDA SEYMOUR for The Times

LUCIA JOYCE: To Dance in the Wake
by Carol Loeb Shloss

Bloomsbury £20 pp560


In the spring of 1929, James Joyce watched his daughter Lucia dance her way into the finals of a competition to promote the rhythmic form of movement at which she excelled. The prize went to a French girl, but the Parisian audience and Joyce cheered loudest for Lucia, skeletal and intense in an extraordinary costume that combined artificial waist-length silver tresses with a glittering tunic and a fishtail draped around one leg. Samuel Beckett, who came to watch her with Joyce, kept a photograph of Lucia in her mermaid’s dress until the end of his life. Her attempts to have a love affair with him proved irritating and embarrassing; Beckett was ready to admire her as a dancer, however.

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PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2004 9:52 am 
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By SEAN O'HAGAN
The Observer
May 16, 2004

'Whatever spark or gift I possess has been transmitted to Lucia,' James Joyce once said of his troubled daughter, 'and it has kindled a fire in her brain.' CJ Jung, who treated Lucia for supposed schizophrenia, seemed to agree, describing father and daughter as 'two people going to the bottom of a river, one falling and the other diving'.
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Portrait of a daughter as the tragic muse

By ANDREW BISWELL
The Scotland on Sunday
June 13, 2004

LUCIA Joyce (1907-82) was the daughter of the Irish novelist James Joyce, whose novel Ulysses takes place on a single day - June 16, 1904 - a centenary celebrated this week. As far as the reading public is concerned, Lucia has always been an eccentric and marginal figure, suffering as she did from bouts of insanity throughout her adult life.
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Life in the shadow of James Joyce

By HUGH MacDONALD
The Scotland Herald
June 28, 2004

The central facts of her life are matters of record. She was born in a paupers' hospital on July 26, 1907. She was educated haphazardly. She showed promise as a dancer before descending into a mental hell that led to long incarcerations in asylums until her death in 1983.
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A wild daughter's influence

By GEETA SHARMA-JENSEN
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 12, 2004

"Whatever spark or gift I possess has been transmitted to Lucia and it has kindled a fire in her brain," James Joyce wrote in 1934 of his daughter, as she became increasingly disruptive and mercurial.
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Lucia Joyce: to dance in the Wake, by Carol Loeb Shloss

By BRIAN DILLON
The Independent
July 29, 2004

Cropped, her photographed face is a monochrome adjunct to more colourful reputations. Now Carol Loeb Shloss has set that image into fractured and haunting motion.
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