Copyright Ends for Joyce

James Joyce’s works are now out of copyright:

On the last day of 2011, the 70th anniversary year of his death, James Joyce’s work finally passed out of copyright. It was the dawn of a new age for Joyce scholars, publishers and biographers who are now free to quote or publish him without the permission of the ferociously prohibitive Joyce estate.

Over the past 20 years the right to quote from or publish Joyce’s work has been a matter of increasingly heated debate. The estate’s most vocal trustee, Stephen Joyce, the author’s grandson, earned himself the reputation as the most intractable defender of any copyright in modern times. His truculence (often verbal and colourful) towards those wishing to quote or publish his grandfather’s words dated from the mid-1970s, when biographer Richard Ellmann published some of Joyce’s “pornographic” letters to his wife Nora and some suggestive ones to a clandestine lover in Zurich. On becoming a trustee, Stephen was determined to prevent any further such revelations.

Celebrate by getting yourself a copy of Ulysses from Project Gutenberg.

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“Stephen Joyce, the author’s grandson, earned himself the reputation as the most intractable defender of any copyright in modern times.” – Well, he did have a rival in the equally belligerent Paul Zukofsky (violinist, the Einstein in Glass’ “Einstein on the Beach”), son of poet Louis Zukofsky…

It’s my understanding that the Joyce copyrights have only expired in the EU.

You might also be interested in seeing Paul Zukofsky’s open letter to scholars about the copyright on the writings of his father & mother Louis & Celia Zukofsky:


The Surrender is Veronica Scott Esposito’s “collection of facts” concerning how she embraced her true gender.


Two long essays of 10,000 words each on sex in—and out of—literature . . .

The first essay dives in to Nicholson Baker’s “sex trilogy,” explaining just what Baker is up to here and why these books ultimately fail to be as sexy as Baker might wish.

From there the book moves on to the second essay, which explains just why Spaniard Javier Marías does right what Baker does wrong . . .


5 essays. 2 interviews.

All in all, over 25,000 words of Latin American literary goodness.

3 never-before-published essays, including “The Digression”—a 4,000-word piece on the most important digression in César Aira’s career.

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