On this day…19 August

On 19 August 1939 Joyce sought a copy of Finnegans Wake in order to start making corrections. Six weeks after the novel had finally been published, Joyce wrote to Paul Léon asking him to obtain unbound sheets of Finnegans Wake from Faber and Faber so that he could start making corrections. Despite the drawn-out process […]

On this day…3 August

On 3 August 1938 Joyce paid Eugene Jolas 1000 francs for guessing the name of his book. From the time he started work on what became Finnegans Wake, Joyce had kept the title of his book secret. On 2 August Eugene Jolas correctly guessed the name and the following day Joyce paid him 1000 francs, […]