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…11 July

On 11 July 1920 Joyce met Sylvia Beach for the first time. Joyce had been invited to the home of André Spire on the afternoon of Sunday 11 July 1920. There he met Sylvia Beach for the first time. A young American woman, Beach ran the bookshop Shakespeare and Company, and was to publish the […]

On this day…6 June

On 6 June 1946 the German writer Gerhart Hauptmann died. Born in 1862 in Obersalzbrunn (now Szczawno-Zdrój in Poland), then part of German Silesia, Hauptmann studied art at Breslau and science and philosophy at the University of Jena before turning to literature in the 1880s. Best known now for his plays, Hauptmann was also a […]

On this day…5 June

On 5 June 1917 Joyce updates Ezra Pound on Ulysses. Ezra Pound had been doing a great deal over the previous year and a half to bring Joyce’s work to readers’ attention. With both Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man finally in print, Joyce was now free to concentrate on […]