Posted on January 27, 2020 at 1:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Another high-profile literary executor has passed away: Stephen Joyce, the grandson and last direct descendant of James Joyce.

The Guardian reports that Stephen Joyce died at the age of eighty-seven.

Stephen Joyce was quite serious about the control he had over his grandfather’s work, once threatening the Irish government with a lawsuit to prevent public readings of Ulysses, among other actions.

The Guardian quotes him as telling the New Yorker: “I am not only protecting and preserving the purity of my grandfather’s work but also what remains of the much abused privacy of the Joyce family. Every artist’s born right is to have their work ... reproduced as they want it to be reproduced.”

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