On this day…16 October

On 16 October 1919 Joyce and his family left Zurich for Trieste.   Joyce and his family left Trieste in June 1915 for Zurich where they remained until October 1919. The time in Zurich had proved very productive: eleven episodes of Ulysses had been completed there and had been appearing in serial form in the […]

On this day…15 October

On 15 October 1905 Joyce wrote to Grant Richards offering him Dubliners.   By the time Joyce offered Dubliners to Grant Richards, he still hadn’t written the last of the twelve stories he’d planned. In what turned out to be something of an epic publishing saga, Richards first agreed to publish Dubliners in February 1906, […]

On this day…14 October

Around 14 October 1916 Joyce thanked Ezra Pound for sending him a copy of Lustra.   Lustra, Pound’s first book of poetry for five years, was mainly a collection of poems that had already appeared in various periodicals. The poems indicate some of the similarities between the literary projects of Joyce and Pound, and the […]

On this day…13 October

On 13 October 1922 Joyce was in Marseille en route to Nice where he began Finnegans Wake.   Around this time, Joyce was suffering recurrent problems with his eyes but nonetheless was trying to identify misprints in the first edition of Ulysses. Partly to help his eyesight, he travelled to Nice where he remained until […]