James Joyce at 71, Rue Du Cardinal Lemoine

Journal: 3:3-4

It was Ezra Pound who finally succeeded in bringing James Joyce back to Paris to complete Ulysses. After a meeting in Desenzano, Italy, in June of 1920, Joyce consented and moved his family from Trieste to Paris, where with the help of Pound he found a small partly furnished flat in which and his family could live. Pound was a seemingly untiring supporter of the Irish writer, and, like many others, he felt that in Paris Joyce was in his own element. It is curious to think of the two poets together, each a Homerean, but schooled in opposite extremes of the Greek spirit: Pound patterning his Cantos after an esoteric thread of meaning he had raveled from the Odyssey, and Joyce trying to faithfully recreate the myth block by block, each artist piously questing in the world of his craft.

From June to September 1922, James Joyce lived in Valery Larbaud’s flat at 71, rue du Cardinal Lemoine, Paris. Here he did some of the final work on Ulysses. Joyce’s personal correspondence highlights the challenges of this period, including health problems, financial difficulties, and frustration with the work that would become a modern classic.