On this day…23 February

On 23 February 1917 ‘A Study in Garbage’ appeared in Everyman magazine. ‘A Study in Garbage’ was the title of an anonymous review of Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man that appeared in Everyman magazine on 23 February 1917. A Portrait had been published in serial form in the Egoist magazine […]

On this day…31 December

On 31 December 1918 Joyce finished the ‘Scylla and Charybdis’ episode of Ulysses. The ninth episode of Ulysses is set in the National Library of Ireland where Stephen Dedalus is depicted pontificating about Shakespeare’s Hamlet to the librarians and others. Throughout the episode, Joyce mixes the real-life of the Library as he had known it […]

On this day…15 December

On 15 December 1913 Ezra Pound wrote to Joyce for the first time. Pound wrote to Joyce as the representative of magazines in England and America with an offer to consider anything Joyce might send for publication. Over the next eight years, Pound was to become a tireless worker on Joyce’s behalf, helping to get […]

On this day…4 December

On 4 December 1935 William Magee sent Joyce his book Irish Literary Portraits. William Magee (who wrote under the pseudonym John Eglinton), whom Joyce had known as a librarian at the National Library of Ireland, had included two essays on Joyce in his latest book, Irish Literary Portraits, published in London by Macmillan in 1935. […]

On this day…30 November

On 30 November 1900 Oscar Wilde died. Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854 and was educated first at Portora Royal School and Trinity College before going on to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he won the Newdigate Prize for Poetry in 1878. His first collected volume of poems was published in 1881 and he […]