On this day…7 May

On 7 May 1901 Joyce dated his copy of Henry Olcott’s Buddhist Catechism. This copy of Olcott’s Buddhist Catechism according to the Sinhalese Canon, published by the Theosophical Publication Society, was one of a number of volumes of Theosophy that Joyce owned. From them, he took ideas that he used in A Portrait of the […]

On this day…6 May

On 6 May 1907 Chamber Music was published. Joyce’s first published book was a collection of thirty-six poems entitled Chamber Music, published on 6 May 1907 by Elkin Mathews in London. The poems were written between 1901 and 1904, and though some of them were published in 1904 in the Speaker, Dana, and the Venture, […]

On this day…5 May

On 5 May 1939 reviews of Finnegans Wake started to appear in the press. As the reviews began to appear in the days following publication of Finnegans Wake, Joyce had them read to him by friends and family. While some of the reviewers came up with interesting ideas, most simply reiterated what had already been […]

On this day…4 May

On 4 May 1939 Finnegans Wake was published. Joyce’s final novel, on which he had been working for almost seventeen years, was finally published on Thursday 4 May 1939 by Faber & Faber in London, and by Viking Press in New York. After the publication of Ulysses in February 1922, Joyce had been occupied with […]

On this day…3 May

On 3 May 1902 George Joyce died. The youngest boy in the family, George was born on his father’s birthday, 4 July 1887. According to Richard Ellmann, he showed signs of his elder brother’s wit and intelligence, and he was popular not only at home but also at Belvedere College where he went to school. […]