Joyce, Lucia

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Joyce, Lucia Gender: F
Lucia Anna Joyce
born on 26 July 1907 at 05:30 (= 05:30 AM )
Place Trieste, Italy, 45n40, 13e46
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 02°02' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 16°07 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 10°30'

Portrait of Lucia Joyce 
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Lucia Joyce (dancing at Bullier Ball - Paris, May 1929)
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Italian-Irish dancer, the daughter of Irish writer James Joyce and his wife and muse Nora Barnacle.

Italian was Lucia's first language and the language in which she corresponded with her father. She studied ballet while she was a teenager, becoming good enough to train with Isadora Duncan. She started to show signs of mental illness in 1930, around the time she began casually dating Samuel Beckett. Her deteriorating mental state caused him to call off the relationship, and in 1934, Carl Jung took her in as a patient. Soon after, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the Burghölzli psychiatric clinic in Zurich. She was placed in an institution in Ivry-sur-Seine, France, in 1935.

In 1951 Lucia was sent to St Andrew's Hospital in Northampton, England, where she was visited at times by Beckett. She died at the institution aged 75 on 12 December 1982.

A study by Carol Shloss claims Lucia to have been her father's muse for his novel Finnegans Wake. The study makes heavy reference to the letters between Lucia Joyce and her father, and became the subject of a copyright misuse suit by the James Joyce estate. On 25 March 2007, this litigation was resolved. Her life was the subject in 2004 of a West End play, Calico, written by Michael Hastings, and in the 2012 graphic novel, Dotter of Her Father's Eyes.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • child->parent relationship with Joyce, James (born 2 February 1882)
  • (has as) other hierarchical relationship with Jung, Carl (born 26 July 1875). Notes: Psychologist


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "James Joyce: A Biography" by Gordon Bowker (Hachette UK, 2011): "1907 . . . she entered the Ospedale Maggiore Stabilimento di Maternita (General Hospital Maternity Ward) as Signora Giacomo Joyce. At 5.30 a.m. on the 26th, Nora gave birth to a daughter - 'female, mature, live, Lucia Anne, 3,500 gr. 49cm', said the hospital record."


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Schizophrenia
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Dancer/ Teacher (Ballet dancer)