On this day…2 September

On 2 September 1932 Yeats invited Joyce to join the Irish Academy of Letters. Yeats and George Bernard Shaw were working to establish an Irish Academy of Letters, a body that would represent Irish writers in general and would help in the fight against censorship in particular. Both Shaw and Yeats felt that Joyce was […]

On this day…11 June

On 11 June 1921 George Bernard Shaw refused to subscribe to the publication of Ulysses. To help cover the costs of publication, Sylvia Beach sent out prospectuses inviting various influential people, collectors and the general public to subscribe in advance to the publication of Ulysses. Having received a prospectus, Shaw wrote to Beach on 11 […]

On this day…22 May

22 May 1813 Richard Wagner was born. Wagner was a towering influence over European culture at the end of the nineteenth century. His early works Tannhäuser and Lohengrin were staples of the touring opera companies that visited Dublin theatres in the 1890s and early 1900s, where Joyce is certain to have seen them. But it […]

On this day…18 February

On 18 February 1926 Joyce heard details of the first London production of Exiles. There were two performances of Exiles by the Stage Society at the Regent Theatre, London, on Sunday 14 and Monday 15 February 1926, followed by a debate on the play the following Wednesday. Among those attending performances were Harriet Weaver, Wyndham […]

On this day…25 August

On 25 August 1909 Joyce attended the premiere of The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet. George Bernard Shaw’s play The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet had been banned in England by the Lord Chamberlain. But the Lord Chamberlain’s remit did not extend to Dublin theatres, and the Abbey Theatre agreed to stage the play. The Lord Lieutenant […]