On this day…12 March

On 12 March 1863 Gabriele D’Annunzio was born. Born in Pescara, Abruzzo, into a wealthy family, D’Annunzio started his writing career while still a student. During his lifetime he published poetry, short stories, novels, and plays, and his work influenced many other writers, including James Joyce. Despite the scandalous nature of D’Annunzio’s writings, Joyce seems […]

On this day…28 February

On 28 February 1905 Joyce saw Eleanora Duse perform in Ibsen’s Rosmersholm. The performance took place on 28 February 1905 at the Teatro Verdi. Duse was considered the leading Ibsen actress of the day, and though Joyce had seen her perform before, he hadn’t seen her perform in a play by Ibsen. He prepared himself […]