The James Joyce Society
The Gotham Book Mart and The James Joyce Society
The James Joyce Society was founded in February
1947 at the Gotham Book Mart in New York City. Its first
member was T.S. Eliot. The Joyce bibliographer, John Slocum,
was the society's first president and Frances Steloff, founder
and owner of the Gotham, served as the its first treasurer.
In his book, Wise Men Fish Here: The Story of Francis Steloff
and the Gotham Book Mart, W.G. Rogers writes that the society's
original aims were "to introduce Joyce students to scholars,
maintain a Joyce library, further the publication and distribution
of his works, encourage the presentation of Exiles, and issue
Since its founding, the Society has expanded its membership
and goals, and at its meetings presents a variety of Joyce-related
topics. Normally four meetings are held each year with one on or close
to Joyce's birthday, February 2nd, and another around Bloomsday,
In 2006, the Gotham Book Mart sold its long-occupied building at 41 West 47th Street, New York City, the traditional meeting place of The James Joyce Society in the heart of the diamond district, When the Gotham moved to its new location at 16 East 46th Street, so did the meetings of the James Joyce Society. But the change only lasted until 2007.
A 1940s gathering of celebrity writers at the old Gotham Book Mart.
Nick Fargnoli, President of The James Joyce Society,
at the old Gotham in 2002
Old "Wise Men Fish Here" sign on 47th Street building up for sale
Bidders line up for the final auction ... The interior on the last day (© NY Times).
Brief happy days at the new East 46th Street building...
See the tribute to the old Gotham Book Mart
from the Finnegans Wake Society of New York.
Read the account of the auction in May 2007
in The New York Times. See also the extensive New York Times
archive on Joyce .
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