On this day…20 July

On 20 July 1919 Joyce offered the manuscript of A Portrait of the Artist to Harriet Weaver. Weaver had just revealed herself as his patron and sponsor, and Joyce wrote to her on 20 July offering to send her the manuscript of his first novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, which […]

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. […]

1-Day Ulysses Course at National Library

Ulysses unlocked: introducing and exploring Joyce’sUlysses on Friday, 28th September 9.15am – 5.30pm for a One-day immersion course. This course will introduce, contextualize and explore Joyce’sUlysses, one of the most important novels in the English language. Beginning with an overview of Joyce’s life and times, the course will discuss the Modernist period before introducing Joyce’s famous novel and then […]