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…6 May

On 6 May 1907 Chamber Music was published. Joyce’s first published book was a collection of thirty-six poems entitled Chamber Music, published on 6 May 1907 by Elkin Mathews in London. The poems were written between 1901 and 1904, and though some of them were published in 1904 in the Speaker, Dana, and the Venture, […]

On this day…1 April

On 1 April 1915 Joyce agreed to have JB Pinker act as his agent. James B Pinker had established himself in a short time as a very successful literary agent in England. Among his clients were Arnold Bennett, DH Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, John Middleton Murry, Somerville and Ross, Dorothy Richardson, Rebecca West and, after April […]

On this day…31 March

On 31 March 1916 Joyce agreed to Pound’s proposals to get around printers’ objections to A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. The publication of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man in serial form in the Egoist magazine had been completed in September 1915. But all plans to publish it […]

On this day…29 March

On 29 March 1918 Ezra Pound criticised Joyce’s language in ‘Calypso.’ Writing on Good Friday, 29 March 1918, Pound warned Joyce of the possibility that the Egoist and the Little Review would be suppressed because of Joyce’s language. He claimed that he wouldn’t mind suppression on account of what Joyce had written in the first […]