#10: Page 709 of the final corrected page proofs of Ulysses (1922), James Joyce Collection, Harry Ransom Center
by CLARE HUTTON
This is the tenth article in a series devoted to objects that tell the story of women who supported author James Joyce and the publication of his landmark novel, Ulysses (1922). Learn more in the exhibition, Women and the Making of Joyce’s Ulysses, curated by Dr. Clare Hutton and on view through July 17, 2022. Subscribe to eNews to receive all the articles in this series.
Joyce was still adding to the text of the final eighteenth chapter of Ulysses less than two weeks before the first edition was published on 2 February 1922. This single page of proof reveals much about the complications of the process. Working in two colors of ink – red and black – Joyce has gone through the text at least twice in order to correct typographical errors, and insert new additions to the text. Notable errors that he catches include “as tone” corrected to “a stone” and “thatand” corrected to “that and”.