On this day…23 September

On 23 September 1930 Joyce wrote to George Antheil about Cain. Earlier in September, Joyce had suggested to composer George Antheil that he write an opera based on Byron’s play Cain. On 23 September Joyce wrote in more detail about how he imagined the opera might work, but in the end the project came to […]

On this day…19 September

On 19 September 1929 Arnold Bennett’s review of Anna Livia Plurabelle was published. The short critical review by Arnold Bennett appeared in the London Evening Standard. Bennett considered Joyce a rebel but also acknowledged that he had done ‘great stuff,’ as he put it. Unfortunately, Bennett didn’t think much of Anna Livia Plurabelle. The edition […]

On this day…12 June

On 12 June 1930 Anna Livia Plurabelle was published in London by Faber & Faber. The ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle’ chapter of Finnegans Wake (pp. 196-216) is one of the best known and most popular in the book, and was almost certainly Joyce’s favourite. He paid a great deal of attention to the drafting and revising […]

On this day…1 June

On 1 June 1889 CK Ogden was born Charles Kay Ogden was an English linguist and philosopher with a keen interest in literature and psychology. He was co-author with IA Richards of The Meaning of Meaning, and his translation of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico Philosophicus was published in 1922, the same year as Ulysses. In 1929, Joyce suggested that […]

On this day…20 May

On 20 May 1927 Joyce proposed that James Stephens finish Finnegans Wake. Partly because of the poor reception of his new work, Joyce proposed to Harriet Weaver that James Stephens might take over and finish work on the book. He didn’t mention this to Stephens until much later and, in the end, the proposal came […]