DUBLIN, Ireland — A treasure-trove for James Joyce scholars opened Sunday when the National Library made public a collection of letters and papers retrieved by a friend from Nazi-occupied Paris.
The archive, which includes Joyce's correspondence with T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound and Henri Matisse, is a "priceless addition to our knowledge," said Prime Minister Albert Reynolds at a ceremony at the library.
But the opening of the archive was clouded by the recent release of diplomatic documents indicating that Ireland did nothing to protect the life of Paul Leon, who retrieved the Joyce papers.
Leon, a Russian Jew, apparently died as a Nazi prisoner in 1942.
Joyce wrote of Leon: "For the last dozen years in sickness or health, night and day, he has been an absolutely disinterested and devoted friend, and I could never have done what I did without him."