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Joyce, James, 1882-1941.

"In the dark pinewood" poem


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 099, F514

Creator: Joyce, James, 1882-1941.

Title: "In the dark pinewood" poem

Inclusive Dates: 1903

Extent: 1 item (1 p.)

Abstract: James Joyce manuscript of the poem "In the dark pinewood," eventually published as "Poem XX" in Chamber Music (1907).

Language: Materials entirely in English.


MSS 099, F514, James Joyce, "In the dark pinewood" poem, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Shelved in SPEC Vault MSS 099


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Purchase, 1987.


Processed and encoded by Debra Johnson, April 2007.

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Biographical Note

Irish author and poet James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (1882–1941), one of the best known writers of the twentieth century, was born on February 2, 1882 in Rathgar, a Dublin suburb. Joyce, the eldest of seven children, was educated at University College. Joyce developed friendships with other members of the Irish Literary Renaissance, including John Millington Synge and Oliver St. John Gogarty. His first book, Chamber Music, was published in 1907. Joyce's well-known literary works include Dubliners (1914), A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), Ulysses (1922), and Finnegans Wake (1939). Joyce died in Zurich, Switzerland in 1941.


"Joyce, James, 1882–1941." Literature Online. (accessed April 17, 2007).

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of an autograph manuscript signed and dated "JAJ, Dublin 1903." Joyce extensively revised this first draft to the point where only the initial line was retained in the version printed in Chamber Music, where it appeared as "Poem XX." (In the final version, "pine-wood" is hyphenated.) This is the only known manuscript of the original text.

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English poetry--Irish authors--20th century--Sources.
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Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

Detailed Contents List

James Joyce "In the dark pinewood" , 1903   [Box SAFE F514]

Autograph manuscript signed, 1 p.