On this day…28 July

On 28 July 1924 John Quinn died. New York lawyer John Quinn was an important supporter of Joyce who also acted effectively as Joyce’s representative in America for a time. Though they had been corresponding from August 1916, they didn’t meet for the first time until 14 July 1921 while Quinn was visiting Paris. Though […]

On this day…25 May

On 25 May 1918 Joyce’s play Exiles was published. Exiles is the only extant play by Joyce, but it is rarely performed and is not considered a particularly good play. Nonetheless, it is important as a stage in the development of Joyce’s writing. Joyce had made two earlier attempts at writing plays. My Brilliant Career […]

On this day…1 March

On 1 March 1914 Joyce started writing Ulysses. At the end of 1921 Joyce wrote to Harriet Weaver about a coincidence of birthdays connected with Ulysses. He claimed that he had finished writing the book on 30 October, Ezra Pound’s birthday, and that he had started writing it on 1 March, Frank Budgen’s birthday. If […]

On this day…18 February

On 18 February 1926 Joyce heard details of the first London production of Exiles. There were two performances of Exiles by the Stage Society at the Regent Theatre, London, on Sunday 14 and Monday 15 February 1926, followed by a debate on the play the following Wednesday. Among those attending performances were Harriet Weaver, Wyndham […]