IV.A.2.IV.A.2: Pomes Penyeach:
Holograph Fragment of "A Memory of the Players at Midnight" (probably 1917–1918):
Material Description and Collation: The manuscript is a loose sheet of yellow unruled onionskin paper in Joyce's hand in black ink and lead pencil on the recto only; the verso is blank.
Measurements: The sheet measures 26.8 x 21.3 cm.
Contents: The manuscript contains 4 lines in black ink from the second stanza of the poem "A Memory of the Players in a Mirror at Midnight" (ll 8–11), which Joyce first published in Pomes Penyeach (Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1927; see Slocum and Cahoon A24), p. . There are also 6 lines of brief notes in lead pencil that have not been identified. The final line differs from the published version.
Dating: Joyce probably wrote this manuscript in 1917–1918 in Zurich, before Buffalo MS IV.A.2.
Publication: This manuscript has been reproduced in black and white photo-facsimile on JJA 1.194 and "A Memory of the Players in a Mirror at Midnight" was subsequently published in PSW, p. 61.
Notes: There is a perforation in the upper left corner and the page has been folded in half horizontally and vertically.