September 20, 2010

Advance Notice

A friendship with James Joyce

An upcoming Creativity Conversation with Alex Léon on Sept. 23 will shed light on the life of Irish writer James Joyce.  

Léon, one of a few people with personal memories of Joyce’s life in Paris in the 1930s, is the featured guest, in conversation with Donald Verene, Candler Professor of Philosophy and director of the Vico Institute at Emory.  

Léon’s father, Paul, became a close friend of Joyce in 1928, and over the next 12 years, the two men met on a daily basis. These were working sessions concerning what eventually became “Finnegans Wake,” but also serious exchanges about Joyce’s personal and family concerns.  

Paul Léon’s wife, Lucie (who wrote under the pen name of Lucie Noel), published “James Joyce and Paul L. Léon: The Story of a Friendship” in 1950; she did much after Joyce’s death to keep his literary legacy in the foreground.  

The program, at 5:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library, is part of the 2010-2011 Creativity Conversation Series sponsored by Creativity: Art and Innovation. Additional Emory sponsors include: The Correspondence of Samuel Beckett and the Institute for Vico Studies of the Laney Graduate School; MARBL, the Woodruff Library; and the Irish Studies Program.  

For more information, contact Lois Overbeck at 404.727.6840.  

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