7 - 8 April 2004
JOYCE, James. Picture postcard signed ('James Joyce'), also signed by Lucia Joyce and Nora Joyce, to 'Monsieur & Mme [John] Sullivan', n.p. [Zurich], [postmarked 14 April ?1930], the postcard showing the 'Tellskapelle am Vierwaldstättersee', inscribed by Lucia Joyce 'Salutations du pays de Guillaume Tell', and by Nora Joyce 'No peace. The Sullivan atmosphere already created here' (slight browning and wear). Provenance: Alice and David Halliday (their sale, Christie's New York, 20 May 1988, lot 301)--Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Inc. (catalogue James Joyce (1996), item 125).
John Sullivan was an Irish-French opera singer whom Joyce championed for several years from November 1929. It was during a performance of Guillaume Tell in Paris that Joyce staged a dramatic publicity stunt on Sullivan's behalf, when he leant out of a box, 'raised a pair of heavy dark glasses from his eyes, and exclaimed: "Merci, mon dieu, pour ce miracle. Après vingt ans, je revois la lumière"' (quoted by Ellmann Joyce, p.638). Joyce was in Switzerland in 1930 seeking an eye cure.
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