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…30 December

On 30 December 1921 Joyce wrote to Alessandro Francini Bruni. Francini Bruni was planning to give a lecture on Joyce in Trieste in February 1922 and had written to Joyce asking for specific bits of information that he wanted. Joyce later considered Francini Bruni’s lecture as an act of betrayal. Alessandro Francini Bruni had been […]

On this day…28 December

On 28 December 1904 Joyce wrote to his brother Stanislaus from Pola. At the end of 1904, three months into his exile with Nora Barnacle, Joyce wrote an end-of-year letter to his brother Stanislaus to bring him up-to-date with the latest developments in Pola where Joyce and Nora were living at the time. Joyce wrote […]

On this day…21 October

On 21 October 1901 Two Essays was published. The two essays were by Joyce and Francis Skeffington and had been rejected by the University magazine St Stephen’s. Joyce and Skeffington then published the essays in a booklet at their own expense. Joyce wrote his essay, ‘The Day of the Rabblement,’ in response to what he […]