On this day…5 November

On 5 November 1925 Joyce expressed his concerns about Samuel Roth. Joyce expressed his concerns in a letter to Harriet Weaver on 5 November 1925, but the issue went back further than that. Samuel Roth, better known as a publisher of erotica, had begun to publish extracts from Joyce’s Work in Progress but without Joyce’s […]

On this day…4 November

On 4 November 1927 Joyce wrote to Harriet Weaver about his reading of ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle.’ On 2 November Joyce had read the ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle’ chapter to a group of twenty-five friends, after which he suffered cramp and fatigue. Clearly one of Joyce’s favourite parts of the book, he later recorded the opening and […]

On this day…29 October

On 29 October 1921 Joyce finished writing Ulysses. Joyce had already finished writing the ‘Penelope’ episode of Ulysses in September 1921 and on 29 October he finished the ‘Ithaca’ episode, thus completing Ulysses. Joyce had written ‘Penelope’ quickly during August 1921. Apparently he had the idea for the first and last word of the episode […]

On this day…23 August

On 23 August 1917 an iridectomy was performed on Joyce’s right eye. Joyce had suffered a number of eye problems during 1917, including severe attacks of glaucoma and iritis. After an attack of glaucoma on 18 August, his doctor decided that an operation on his right eye was necessary. An iridectomy involves the surgical removal […]