The alphybetty is a collection of Joyce’s alphabet-letters as they were found in his correspondence and manuscripts. It is meant as a reference tool to provide images of how any particular letter may look when Joyce writes it.
To access the alphybetty go to:
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Set up by letter: There is one file per letter of the alphabet. Each letter features in initial, mid-word and end-of-word position and as capital (a- / -a- / -a / A; b- / -b- / b- / B etc.). The files can be browsed by doing a word-search, too.
Arranged degeneratively: The letters within one unit start with the neater characters and progress to more and more illegible ones.
Certainty: In compiling the alphybetty we are careful to include only instances of which there is no doubt as to what letter it is.
The various colours: The images come in various colours. This is due to the condition of the letters and the reproductions, i.e. the paper on which Joyce writing, the ink he was using, the quality of the scan, photograph or microfilm we could obtain.
(2) Illegible samples of Joyce's handwriting
Below: scroll to find passages that transcribers of Joyce's letters and manuscripts are finding hard to read. Suggestions welcome.
If you would like to offer a suggestion for a transcription: go to the particular entry and find the button underneath saying “comments” in blue. Click to post your suggestion.
If you have samples of your own of Joyce's handwriting which you would like to put up here for suggestions, send an image and the relevant information directly to this site's host: firstname.lastname@example.org