James Joyce caught on vinyl

Sothebys is auctioning on June 11th, tomorrow, the only known audio of James Joyce reading from Ulysses, recorded in 1924 by his publisher Sylvia Beach . At the time, they made twenty 12” vinyl’s to be distributed by Joyce to family and friends, but only 3 are said to remain.

The record features a section of the Aeolus episode which takes place in the offices of the Freeman’s Journal, one of the main irish nationalists newspapers of the period.

The guide price on the recording, signed and dated by Joyce, is from $15,000 to $ 20,000.

For bookworms, scholars and Joyce’s fans, here is a peak on the recording:

(via The Irish Times and The Vinyl Factory )

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