Paris, 1929. Joyce himself captioned this photo "Three Irish Beauties." From left to right: author James Stephen, James Joyce, tenor John Sullivan. Joyce championed Sullivan against the "Italian ring" which he thought prevented his rise; and Stephens -- who was born on the same day as Joyce -- was the author of works such as The Crock of Gold. Joyce often joked that Stephens should finish Finnegans Wake. Or, was it really joking . . . ?

(From the Poetry/Rare Books Collection, University Libraries,
State University of New York at Buffalo.)