On this day…28 February

On 28 February 1905 Joyce saw Eleanora Duse perform in Ibsen’s Rosmersholm. The performance took place on 28 February 1905 at the Teatro Verdi. Duse was considered the leading Ibsen actress of the day, and though Joyce had seen her perform before, he hadn’t seen her perform in a play by Ibsen. He prepared himself […]

On this day…27 February

On 27 February 1918 Joyce was told an anonymous patron wished to give him 12,000 francs. The letter of 27 February 1918 came from the Eidgenössische Bank in Zurich, where Joyce was living, inviting him to a meeting about money. When Joyce arrived there (in a borrowed black suit) the director told him that one […]

On this day…26 February

On 26 February 1917 Constantine Curran wrote to Joyce, thanking him for sending a copy of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Constantine Curran was one of the only friends from Joyce’s university days who didn’t appear as a character in Portrait. Nonetheless, Joyce had reason to be grateful to Curran, and […]

On this day…25 February

On 25 February 1917 Anthony Burgess was born. Probably best known today for his novel A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess also wrote three books on Joycean topics and a musical adaptation of Joyce’s Ulysses. In Here Comes Everybody: An introduction to James Joyce for the ordinary reader (1965), Burgess tries to make Joyce’s works accessible […]