On this day…12 May

On 12 May 1904 Leopold Bloom weighed himself. In the ‘Ithaca’ episode of Ulysses, we are told that Leopold Bloom weighed himself on a weighing machine outside Francis Frœdman’s Chemist shop at 19 North Frederick Street on 12 May 1904. He weighed eleven stone and four pounds. In the pedantic answer to the question “Did […]

On this day…11 May

On 11 May 1906 Joyce answered an advertisement for a job in a bank in Rome. The advertisement appeared in the Rome newspaper La Tribuna seeking young men fluent in English and Italian to work in a bank in Rome. Joyce responded immediately, and started work at the Nast-Kolb Schumacher bank in August 1906. At […]

On this day…10 May

On 10 May 1899 a letter of protest against WB Yeats’ The Countess Cathleen was published. The letter followed the first performance of The Countess Cathleen on 8 May, a performance which Joyce attended. Some of Joyce’s university friends decided to write a letter of protest against the play and the letter was left on […]

On this day…9 May

On 9 May 1927 Stuart Gilbert contacted Joyce for the first time. This letter of 9 May 1927 was Joyce’s first contact with Stuart Gilbert who was to become an important friend and promoter of Joyce’s work. He played an important role in correcting the text of Ulysses and in producing the French translation of […]

On this day…8 May

On 8 May 1899 Joyce attended the first performance of WB Yeats’ play The Countess Cathleen. The first performance of Yeats’ play The Countess Cathleen took place in the Antient Concert Rooms on Brunswick Street on 8 May 1899. Florence Farr played the part of the poet Aleel, May Whitty played the Countess, and Anna […]