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    James Joyce Signed Check. 8" x 3.25" (sight), London; August 9, 1935. Westminster Bank Limited check made payable to James Joyce for five hundred francs by his friend, Lillian Wallace, who signs the recto. Endorsed on verso, "James Joyce." Matted, framed and double-glazed, along with a photograph of Joyce and a typed informative plaque, to an overall size of 27" x 20".

    The check was made while Joyce was residing in France following the institutionalization of his daughter, Lucia, in London before her move to Paris. The high cost of her treatment, along with the long legal battle in America that kept Ulysses from publication until 1934, meant that James and his wife, Nora, were struggling financially. During this period, they relied heavily on the support of friends and family, such as the Wallace's. Lillian Wallace was Joyce's inspiration for the ending of Ulysses. Molly's famous "Yes" came after Joyce overheard Lillian repeat the word while engaged in a conversation with her friend.

    Condition: Lightly soiled with some minute foxing.


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    May, 2021
    19th Wednesday
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