On this day…22 May

22 May 1813 Richard Wagner was born. Wagner was a towering influence over European culture at the end of the nineteenth century. His early works Tannhäuser and Lohengrin were staples of the touring opera companies that visited Dublin theatres in the 1890s and early 1900s, where Joyce is certain to have seen them. But it […]

On this day…21 May

On 21 May 1904 Bloom borrows The Stark Munro Letters from Capel Street Library. In the ‘Ithaca’ episode of Ulysses, Bloom, looking in the mirror, reviews the books stacked on two shelves. Among them is Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Stark Munro Letters which Bloom borrowed from the Capel Street Library on Whitsun Eve, Saturday 21 […]

On this day…20 May

On 20 May 1927 Joyce proposed that James Stephens finish Finnegans Wake. Partly because of the poor reception of his new work, Joyce proposed to Harriet Weaver that James Stephens might take over and finish work on the book. He didn’t mention this to Stephens until much later and, in the end, the proposal came […]

On this day…19 May

On 19 May 1907 Joyce’s article ‘Home Rule maggiorene’ was published. The article, ‘Home Rule Comes of Age,’ was written in Italian and published in Il Piccolo della Sera. It was the second of nine articles on Irish affairs that Joyce wrote for the Piccolo, starting from March 1907. The irredentist readership of Il Piccolo […]