On this day…4 May

On 4 May 1939 Finnegans Wake was published. Joyce’s final novel, on which he had been working for almost seventeen years, was finally published on Thursday 4 May 1939 by Faber & Faber in London, and by Viking Press in New York. After the publication of Ulysses in February 1922, Joyce had been occupied with […]

On this day…1 May

On 1 May 1931 the French translation of Anna Livia Plurabelle was published. In 1930, Philippe Soupault suggested to Alfred Péron and Samuel Beckett that they translate Joyce’s Anna Livia Plurabelle into French for the avant garde magazine Bifur, edited by Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes. Alfred Péron had studied English at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and in […]

On this day…13 November

On 13 November 1938 Joyce finished writing Finnegans Wake. On the evening of Sunday 13 November 1938 Joyce sent a telegram to Harriet Weaver to announce that he had finished writing Work in Progress. Though there was still a lot of work to do with correcting proofs, the book that Joyce had been working on […]

On this day…3 August

On 3 August 1938 Joyce paid Eugene Jolas 1000 francs for guessing the name of his book. From the time he started work on what became Finnegans Wake, Joyce had kept the title of his book secret. On 2 August Eugene Jolas correctly guessed the name and the following day Joyce paid him 1000 francs, […]