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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Ireland's National Library publish James Joyce manuscripts online amid copyright dispute

The National Library of Ireland has made available for the first time James Joyce's manuscripts for free to the public via the Library's online catalogue. The online publication coincides with a book set publication of the same manuscripts that are being sold for hundreds of Euro. The Irish Times reports on the publication of Joyce's collection, and the factors that have played into the Library's early announcement of the project. The decision to announce the online version of the Joyce manuscripts was made after a Joycean scholar published the material in editions priced at up to €250. Joycean scholar Danis Rose has published Joyce's material ranging in prices from €75 and €250, or up to €800 for an entire set. Rose has claimed he is now the copyright holder in the EU of these manuscripts according to The Irish Times

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