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From: James Joyce Quarterly
Volume 46, Number 2, Winter 2009
p. 403 | 10.1353/jjq.0.0158

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Sir:

I wish to refer to a note of mine entitled “Miss Dubedat and Giacomo Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots in Ulysses,” which you published in the James Joyce Quarterly special issue “Joyce and Opera,” vol. 38 (Fall 2000-Winter 2001), 205–14. As I submitted it to you, the fourth paragraph read: “On two occasions in conversation it appears that Bloom meant to speak of Meyerbeer but inadvertently replaces his name with that of Mercadante, whose church music he loves. This is certainly the case in ‘Eumaeus’ where he tells Stephen that ‘the music of Mercadante’s Huguenots, Meyerbeer’s Seven Last Words on the Cross . . . he simply revelled in’ (U 16.1737–38). And it is very likely the case in ‘Cyclops,’ where, in the course of his altercation with the Citizen at the close of the episode, Bloom says (incorrectly) that Mercadante, among others, was a Jew (U 12.1804).”

You amended the final sentence of this paragraph in the published verison to read: “And it is very likely that Bloom means to speak of Mercadante in ‘Cyclops,’ where, in the course of his altercation with the Citizen at the close of the episode, he says (incorrectly) that the composer, among others, was a Jew (U 12.1804).” The reader will of course note that Bloom at this point in the text says: “Mendelssohn was a jew and Karl Marx and Mercadante and Spinoza.” He does, in fact, speak of Mercadante when, according to my thesis, he means to speak of Meyerbeer. The sentence would have been more appropriately amended to read: “And it is very likely that Bloom means to speak of Meyerbeer in ‘Cyclops,’ where, in the course of his altercation with the Citizen at the close of the episode, he says (incorrectly) that Mercadante, among others, was a Jew (U 12.1804).”

I would be very much obliged if you would publish this correction in the interest of clarifying the matter for your readers. [End Page 403]

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