For so many Joyce scholars and the countless others who have read his book Dubliners, one key story stands out among the others, “The Dead”. This tale of Dublin, its people and fleeting glimpses of their lives, relationships, loves and losses was given a definitive adaptation on film by the late John Huston.
Today, the archives of NUI Galway and the James Hardiman library receive the archive of the late John Huston. Given the relationship Huston and his family had and still do with Galway and the West of Ireland, it is a fitting tribute to John Huston that his papers should reside in the university where the film school is named in his honour.
John’s Oscar-nominated son Tony and daughter Allegra will officially hand over the papers at a special event in NUI Galway this evening. The papers will be a tremendous addition to the archival collections of NUI Galway.
“Bringing this material into the public domain is an exciting development for those interested in John Huston’s work. It is at the intersection of American cinema and Irish culture,” Rod Stoneman, director of the Huston School of Film and Digital Media, said.
For further coverage of this landmark collection for Irish archives and cultural research see:
Irish Times http://tiny.cc/dfgby
RTE Player: http://www.rte.ie/player/#v=1085282 (at 43 minutes, 10 seconds)