A CHILDREN’S story by James Joyce has been published for the first time by a small press in Dublin.

However the Zurich James Joyce Foundation has called its publication an “outrage”, saying it had not granted permission for the book’s release.

The Cats of Copenhagen was written in a letter to Joyce’s grandson in 1936 as a “younger twin sister” to the already published story, The Cat and the Devil. The story tells of a Copenhagen in which things are not what they seem. Publisher Ithys Press says Joyce’s works are now in the public domain. The letter, in which the tale was found, was donated to the Zurich James Joyce Foundation by Hans Jahnke, the stepbrother to Joyce’s grandson Stephen James Joyce. In a statement, the Foundation said it had “allowed serious bona fide scholars to inspect its documents”, but was “never approached or informed” about the Ithys book. “The Foundation is therefore all the more dismayed to learn that a copy of the letter to young Stephen Joyce of 1936 must have been used for its publication in book form,” it said.                      –BBC