On this day…20 July

On 20 July 1919 Joyce offered the manuscript of A Portrait of the Artist to Harriet Weaver. Weaver had just revealed herself as his patron and sponsor, and Joyce wrote to her on 20 July offering to send her the manuscript of his first novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, which […]

On this day…19 July

On 19 July 1900 the body of a woman was recovered from the canal in Mullingar. The body was that of Sarah Pender, an inmate at the District Lunatic Asylum who had escaped on the night of Wednesday 18 July. Joyce, who was in Mullingar at the time, used this incident in a scene in […]

On this day…5 June

On 5 June 1917 Joyce updates Ezra Pound on Ulysses. Ezra Pound had been doing a great deal over the previous year and a half to bring Joyce’s work to readers’ attention. With both Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man finally in print, Joyce was now free to concentrate on […]

On this day…13 May

On 13 May 1910 Father John Conmee died. Father John Conmee SJ (1847-1910) had been rector at Clongowes Wood College when Joyce was enrolled as a student there in 1888. Conmee was also instrumental in getting Joyce and his brothers into Belvedere College in 1893. He appears as a character under his own name in […]

On this day…6 April

On 6 April 1893 Joyce started school at Belvedere College. Joyce had started his formal education with the Jesuits at Clongowes Wood College in September 1888. However, with the decline in his father’s fortunes, Joyce was taken out of Clongowes in 1891. He spent a period at the O’Connell Christian Brothers’ School on North Richmond […]