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…5 November

On 5 November 1925 Joyce expressed his concerns about Samuel Roth. Joyce expressed his concerns in a letter to Harriet Weaver on 5 November 1925, but the issue went back further than that. Samuel Roth, better known as a publisher of erotica, had begun to publish extracts from Joyce’s Work in Progress but without Joyce’s […]

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, […]