On this day…20 May

On 20 May 1927 Joyce proposed that James Stephens finish Finnegans Wake. Partly because of the poor reception of his new work, Joyce proposed to Harriet Weaver that James Stephens might take over and finish work on the book. He didn’t mention this to Stephens until much later and, in the end, the proposal came […]

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 […]