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…29 September

On 29 September 1920 Joyce wrote to Frank Budgen about the ‘Circe’ episode. Joyce had been working on the ‘Circe’ episode of Ulysses at the same time as he was preparing to leave Trieste for Paris in the summer of 1920. Having relied on Frank Budgen as a sounding-board while he was in Zurich, Joyce […]

On this day…2 May

On 2 May 1934 Joyce told Frank Budgen that Matisse would be illustrating an edition of Ulysses. The Limited Editions Club in America had commissioned French artist Henri Matisse to provide illustrations for a deluxe edition of Joyce’s Ulysses to be published in 1935. The etchings Matisse provided illustrated episodes from Homer’s Odyssey. The Limited […]

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 […]