On this day…16 October

On 16 October 1919 Joyce and his family left Zurich for Trieste.   Joyce and his family left Trieste in June 1915 for Zurich where they remained until October 1919. The time in Zurich had proved very productive: eleven episodes of Ulysses had been completed there and had been appearing in serial form in the […]

On this day…14 October

Around 14 October 1916 Joyce thanked Ezra Pound for sending him a copy of Lustra.   Lustra, Pound’s first book of poetry for five years, was mainly a collection of poems that had already appeared in various periodicals. The poems indicate some of the similarities between the literary projects of Joyce and Pound, and the […]

On this day…23 September

On 23 September 1930 Joyce wrote to George Antheil about Cain. Earlier in September, Joyce had suggested to composer George Antheil that he write an opera based on Byron’s play Cain. On 23 September Joyce wrote in more detail about how he imagined the opera might work, but in the end the project came to […]

On this day…20 September

On 20 September 1920 an official complaint was made against the Little Review. The Little Review had been serialising Ulysses since January 1918 but, after reading part of the ‘Nausicaa’ episode in the July-August 1920 issue of the Review, John S Sumner, Secretary of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, decided to […]