Payout for the Scholar Battling Joyce's Estate
Byline: Leah McDonald
A LEGAL wrangle over a biography of James Joyce's daughter has finally ended.
The author's estate has agreed to pay out e165,000 to a U.S. academic.
The row centred on Professor Carol Shloss's book, which detailed the troubled life of the novelist's mentally ill daughter Lucia.
Lucia, who dated Samuel Beckett, was diagnosed with schizophrenia at 25 in 1932.
She spent most of the last 50 years of her life locked away in mental institutions.
In Lucia Joyce: To Dance In The Wake, Professor Shloss portrays Lucia as Joyce's muse, as well as being the inspiration behind his last novel, the complex Finnegans Wake.
To support her theory, the Stanford University scholar used Lucia's medical records, European archives containing records on her life, and James Joyce's papers in university collections.
But his estate argued that the professor was infringing the author's copyright and forced her to delete several quotes from the Dubliner's work used in the book, to avoid legal action.
Publisher Giroux removed much of the more inflammatory information to deter the estate from suing. Letters between the writer and his daughter were among the pieces deleted.
However, Professor Shloss believes that the book's success had been thwarted as a result of removing the citations.
Critics had described the publication as interesting but thin on evidence.
She subsequently filed a lawsuit in San Francisco's U.S. District Court, accusing Joyce's grandson, Stephen James Joyce, and estate trustee, Sean Sweeney, of improperly withholding access to copyrighted materials and intimidating academics to protect the Joyce family name. …