James Joyce is one of the twentieth century's most admired and mythologized writers of prose fiction. Although he produced a relatively small oeuvre, he was a voluminous writer of letters. Selections from his correspondence, which is addressed to many of the major figures of the modernist period, have been published in six volumes and approximately twenty-five articles. And yet, only half of the surviving corpus of Joyce's letters has been published to date: of the 3,793 items known to be extant, 1,868 remain unpublished. These contain a wealth of material of interest to scholars and non-academic readers alike. 'James Joyce's Unpublished Letters: A Digital Edition' will interrelate the correspondence of a major modernist writer, James Joyce, to the composition of his novels and will determine Joyce's place within his wide network of correspondents.
This project is a collaboration between the Centre for Manuscript Genetics (University of Antwerp), the Oxford Centre for Textual Editing and Theory (University of Oxford), the University of Tulsa, Western University (Canada), and Pomona College (Claremont, California). The editorial team consists of Sabrina Alonso, Josip Batinic, William Brockman, Ronan Crowley, Kevin Dettmar, Michael S. Groden, Robert Spoo, and Dirk Van Hulle.