On this day…23 April

On 23 April 1900 William Archer wrote to Joyce. William Archer, the English translator of Henrik Ibsen’s works, wrote to Joyce to pass on Ibsen’s compliments about the review of his play When We Dead Awaken that had just been published in the Fortnightly Review. Ibsen wrote to Archer on 16 April about Joyce’s review. […]

On this day…20 March

On 20 March 1828 Henrik Ibsen was born. As the towering figure in European literature and theatre at the end of the nineteenth century, it is not surprising that Ibsen exercised an influence on the young James Joyce, not just through his writings but also through his conduct and his life. Ibsen was born in […]

On this day…28 February

On 28 February 1905 Joyce saw Eleanora Duse perform in Ibsen’s Rosmersholm. The performance took place on 28 February 1905 at the Teatro Verdi. Duse was considered the leading Ibsen actress of the day, and though Joyce had seen her perform before, he hadn’t seen her perform in a play by Ibsen. He prepared himself […]

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 […]