On October 26th, Joan Budgen, daughter of Joyce’s great friend, Frank Budgen, donated a collection of her father’s papers and books to the James Joyce Centre in Dublin. Joyce knew Budgen in Zurich while working on Ulysses and frequently corresponded with him after he left. In his book James Joyce and the Making of Ulysses, Budgen recounts many of the insights into his work Joyce shared with him in conversation and letters. The donated items include a first edition of Joyce’s book of poems, Pomes Pennyeach, a group of materials that eventually became portions of the Wake, and a first edition of Exiles. In addition, there are several sketches done by Zurich artists and a cover design for the Wake by Joyce’s daughter Lucia. Chairwoman of the Joyce Centre, Deirdre Ellis-King, welcomed Joan Budgen and the generous donation at an event also attended by Senator David Norris, Joyce’s grandnephew Bob Joyce, and other Joyceans.
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