On this day…23 July

On 23 July 1904 ‘The Sisters’ was accepted for publication by Irish Homestead. Harry Norman (1868-1947), editor of the Irish Homestead, wrote to Joyce on 23 July 1904 to say that Joyce’s story ‘The Sisters’ would be published in the Homestead, and enclosing a sovereign (£1) as payment. Norman’s letter seems to have come in […]

On this day…22 June

On 22 June 1904 Joyce was involved in a fracas at St Stephen’s Green. Only a couple of days after he had collapsed drunk at a rehearsal of the National Theatre Society, Joyce was involved in a fracas at St Stephen’s Green that left him with a few superficial injuries. According to Ellmann, Joyce was […]

On this day…26 February

On 26 February 1917 Constantine Curran wrote to Joyce, thanking him for sending a copy of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Constantine Curran was one of the only friends from Joyce’s university days who didn’t appear as a character in Portrait. Nonetheless, Joyce had reason to be grateful to Curran, and […]

On this day…1 January

On 1 January 1932 Joyce wrote to TS Eliot and Ezra Pound about his father’s death. On the day on which John Joyce was being buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, Joyce wrote to TS Eliot and Ezra Pound about his father’s death. The fact that Joyce had not gone to see him or to attend […]

On this day…4 August

On 4 August 1909 Joyce wrote about how he had been received at the start of his visit to Dublin. Joyce arrived back in Dublin on 29 July 1909, bringing his four-year-old son Giorgio with him. It was his first visit to Dublin since leaving in October 1904, and Joyce was anxious that his old […]