On this day…15 September

On 15 September 1904 Joyce left the Martello Tower in Sandycove. Having arrived to stay at the Martello Tower on Friday 9 September, Joyce left it abruptly in the early hours of Thursday 15 September, and did not return. This final break with Gogarty also seemed to have confirmed Joyce’s determination to leave Ireland as […]

On this day…31 December

On 31 December 1918 Joyce finished the ‘Scylla and Charybdis’ episode of Ulysses. The ninth episode of Ulysses is set in the National Library of Ireland where Stephen Dedalus is depicted pontificating about Shakespeare’s Hamlet to the librarians and others. Throughout the episode, Joyce mixes the real-life of the Library as he had known it […]

On this day…4 December

On 4 December 1935 William Magee sent Joyce his book Irish Literary Portraits. William Magee (who wrote under the pseudonym John Eglinton), whom Joyce had known as a librarian at the National Library of Ireland, had included two essays on Joyce in his latest book, Irish Literary Portraits, published in London by Macmillan in 1935. […]

On this day…14 August

On 14 August 1904 Joyce got the proofs of ‘The Holy Office from the printer.’ Joyce wrote his satirical poem ‘The Holy Office’ at the beginning of August 1904.  He submitted it to his friend Constantine Curran for publication in St Stephen’s, the student magazine of University College Dublin. On 8 August Curran rejected the […]

On this day…4 August

On 4 August 1909 Joyce wrote about how he had been received at the start of his visit to Dublin. Joyce arrived back in Dublin on 29 July 1909, bringing his four-year-old son Giorgio with him. It was his first visit to Dublin since leaving in October 1904, and Joyce was anxious that his old […]