On this day…23 June

On 23 June 1668 Giambattista Vico was born. The eighteenth-century Italian philosopher and rhetorician Giambattista Vico was born in Naples on 23 June 1668. The theory of history that Vico proposed in his best-known work, Scienza nuova (New Science, 1725), was of importance to Joyce in the composition of Finnegans Wake. Vico’s New Science (different […]

On this day…22 June

On 22 June 1904 Joyce was involved in a fracas at St Stephen’s Green. Only a couple of days after he had collapsed drunk at a rehearsal of the National Theatre Society, Joyce was involved in a fracas at St Stephen’s Green that left him with a few superficial injuries. According to Ellmann, Joyce was […]

On this day…20 June

On 20 June 1904 Joyce collapsed, drunk, at a National Theatre Society rehearsal. On Monday 20 June 1904 Joyce turned up very drunk to attend a rehearsal of the National Theatre Society at the Camden Hall and collapsed in a passageway, after which some of the actors took him home. The National Theatre Society had […]

On this day…19 June

On 19 June 1926 Joyce attended the premiere of Antheil’s Ballet Mécanique. George Antheil (1900-1959) had come to Paris in 1923 determined to establish a reputation as the ‘bad boy of music.’ Sylvia Beach introduced him to Joyce and Antheil planned an opera based on the ‘Cyclops’ episode of Ulysses. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, […]