Lucia Joyce in dance pose (1925)

Lucia Joyce in profile as from a Greek vase painting, Paris, circa 1925. From: Carol Loeb Schloss : Lucia Joyce : To Dance in the Wake (2003)
Lucia Joyce in profile as from a Greek vase painting, Paris, circa 1925. From: Carol Loeb Schloss : Lucia Joyce : To Dance in the Wake (2003)

“Most accounts of James Joyce’s family portray Lucia Joyce as the mad daughter of a man of genius, a difficult burden. But in this important new book, Carol Loeb Shloss reveals a different, more dramatic truth: Lucia’s father not only loved her but shared with her a deep creative bond. His daughter, Joyce wrote, had a mind “as clear and as unsparing as the lightning.”” “Born at a pauper’s hospital in Trieste in 1907, educated haphazardly in Italy, Switzerland, and Paris as her penniless father pursued his art, Lucia was determined to strike out on her own. She chose dance as her medium, pursuing her studies in an art form very different from the literary ones celebrated in the Joyce circle and emerging, to Joyce’s amazement, as a harbinger of modern expressive dance in Paris. He described her then as a wild, beautiful, “fantastic being” who spoke to “a curious abbreviated language of her own” that he instinctively understood – for in fact it was his as well. The family’s only reader of Joyce’s work, Lucia was a child of the imaginative realms her father created. Even after emotional turmoil wreaked havoc with her and she was hospitalized in the 1930s, Joyce saw in her a life lived in tandem with his own.” “Though most of the documents about Lucia have been destroyed, Shloss has painstakingly reconstructed the poignant complexities of her life – and with them a vital episode in the early history of psychiatry, for in Joyce’s efforts to help his daughter he sought out Europe’s most advanced doctors, including Jung. Lucia emerges in Shloss’s account as a gifted, if thwarted, artist in her own right, a child who became her father’s tragic muse.”–Jacket, quoted from internet archive

Lucia Joyce in profile as from a Greek vase painting, Paris, circa 1925. From: Carol Loeb Schloss : Lucia Joyce : To Dance in the Wake (2003)
Lucia Joyce, Paris, 1925 Courtesy of the Poetry Collection of the University Libraries, University at Buffalo. One Hundred Years of James Joyce’s Ulysses @ The Morgan Library & Museum

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