On this day…12 May

On 12 May 1904 Leopold Bloom weighed himself. In the ‘Ithaca’ episode of Ulysses, we are told that Leopold Bloom weighed himself on a weighing machine outside Francis Frœdman’s Chemist shop at 19 North Frederick Street on 12 May 1904. He weighed eleven stone and four pounds. In the pedantic answer to the question “Did […]

On this day…10 May

On 10 May 1899 a letter of protest against WB Yeats’ The Countess Cathleen was published. The letter followed the first performance of The Countess Cathleen on 8 May, a performance which Joyce attended. Some of Joyce’s university friends decided to write a letter of protest against the play and the letter was left on […]

On this day…20 April

On 20 April 1904 Stanislaus Joyce recorded in his diary that Joyce was living at Shelbourne Road. Joyce moved into lodgings at 60 Shelbourne Road in April 1904, and remained there until the end of August. During that summer, Joyce taught at Clifton School, Dalkey; he met his future wife, Nora Barnacle; he won third […]

On this day…2 November

On 2 November 1921 Joyce queried his Aunt Josephine about 7 Eccles Street. Though Joyce had already finished writing the ‘Ithaca’ episode, he wrote to his Aunt Josephine on 2 November 1921 with several queries about details he wanted for the book. One question was about details of the house at 7 Eccles Street. What […]