Diary

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Brenda Maddox’s enjoyable biography of Nora Joyce left me worrying about two questions.[*] Did her subject warrant 526 pages? And was the great Richard Ellmann, along with other scholars, guilty of gross invasion of privacy when he published James Joyce’s coprophiliac letters to Nora?

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[*] Nora: A Biography of Nora Joyce was published on 16 June (Hamish Hamilton, 589 pp., £16.95, 0241 12385 2).