On this day…31 October

On 31 October 1902 Joyce graduated from University College Dublin. Joyce had started his studies at UCD in 1898 and completed his final examinations in September 1902. He graduated on Friday 31 October 1902 with a Pass degree in modern languages. Joyce’s grades in his final year were not very impressive – 58% in French, […]

On this day…30 October

On 30 October 1904 Joyce arrived in Pola. Having first gone to Zurich and then to Trieste in hope of getting a position at a Berlitz School, Joyce finally received an appointment in Pola (now Pula, Croatia) where he and Nora arrived on Sunday 30 October 1904. They remained in Pola until 5 March 1905. […]

On this day…29 October

On 29 October 1921 Joyce finished writing Ulysses. Joyce had already finished writing the ‘Penelope’ episode of Ulysses in September 1921 and on 29 October he finished the ‘Ithaca’ episode, thus completing Ulysses. Joyce had written ‘Penelope’ quickly during August 1921. Apparently he had the idea for the first and last word of the episode […]