On this day…9 October

On 9 October 1906 Joyce updated his brother about Chamber Music amongst other things.   In a lengthy letter to Stanislaus from Rome, Joyce wrote that he had heard from Arthur Symons to whom he had sent his collection of poems Chamber Music. Symons started his letter by offering Joyce advice on his growing difficulties […]

On this day…22 May

22 May 1813 Richard Wagner was born. Wagner was a towering influence over European culture at the end of the nineteenth century. His early works Tannhäuser and Lohengrin were staples of the touring opera companies that visited Dublin theatres in the 1890s and early 1900s, where Joyce is certain to have seen them. But it […]

On this day…6 May

On 6 May 1907 Chamber Music was published. Joyce’s first published book was a collection of thirty-six poems entitled Chamber Music, published on 6 May 1907 by Elkin Mathews in London. The poems were written between 1901 and 1904, and though some of them were published in 1904 in the Speaker, Dana, and the Venture, […]

On this day…3 March

On 3 March 1907 Stanislaus Joyce received the proofs of Chamber Music from Joyce. Joyce was living in Rome in 1907 when the publisher, Elkin Mathews, sent him the proofs for Chamber Music. He made corrections and changes to one set and returned them to Mathews, asking him to send on corrected proofs as soon […]