On this day…6 June

On 6 June 1946 the German writer Gerhart Hauptmann died. Born in 1862 in Obersalzbrunn (now Szczawno-Zdrój in Poland), then part of German Silesia, Hauptmann studied art at Breslau and science and philosophy at the University of Jena before turning to literature in the 1880s. Best known now for his plays, Hauptmann was also a […]

On this day…26 February

On 26 February 1917 Constantine Curran wrote to Joyce, thanking him for sending a copy of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Constantine Curran was one of the only friends from Joyce’s university days who didn’t appear as a character in Portrait. Nonetheless, Joyce had reason to be grateful to Curran, and […]