On this day…8 October

On 8 October 1904 Joyce eloped with Nora Barnacle.   A couple of days after he left the Martello Tower at Sandycove, Joyce heard from Evelyn Gilford of the Midland Scholastic Agency in England that there was a teaching post available at a Berlitz School on the continent. Joyce paid £2 2s to Gilford who, […]

On this day…30 September

On 30 September 1906 Joyce wrote to his brother about a story concerning Mr Hunter. Most of the postcard that Joyce wrote to Stanislaus on 30 September 1906 was taken up with Joyce’s plans for dealing with Grant Richards who had just decided not to go ahead with publishing Dubliners. In a PS Joyce mentioned […]

On this day…29 September

On 29 September 1920 Joyce wrote to Frank Budgen about the ‘Circe’ episode. Joyce had been working on the ‘Circe’ episode of Ulysses at the same time as he was preparing to leave Trieste for Paris in the summer of 1920. Having relied on Frank Budgen as a sounding-board while he was in Zurich, Joyce […]

On this day…28 September

On 28 September 1934 Lucia Joyce entered the sanatorium at Küsnacht. Ever since May 1932, when Lucia had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, Joyce had been searching frantically for a cure or treatment for her while at the same time denying that there was anything really wrong with her. At Joyce’s birthday celebrations in February 1934 […]

On this day…27 September

On 27 September 1898 Joyce wrote an essay on ‘subjugation by force.’ The manuscript of this essay survives in fragmentary form, and though the end of the essay and Joyce’s signature and date survive, the opening of the essay with its title is missing. The theme of the essay, ‘subjugation by force,’ has led to […]