On this day…15 May

On 15 May 1859 Mary Jane Murray was born. Joyce’s mother, Mary Jane Murray, known as May, was born in the Eagle House tavern in Terenure on 15 May 1859. Her father, John Murray, came from Longford and was an agent for wine and spirits, while her mother came from a long line of Dublin […]

On this day…6 May

On 6 May 1907 Chamber Music was published. Joyce’s first published book was a collection of thirty-six poems entitled Chamber Music, published on 6 May 1907 by Elkin Mathews in London. The poems were written between 1901 and 1904, and though some of them were published in 1904 in the Speaker, Dana, and the Venture, […]

On this day…2 January

On 2 January 1910 Joyce left Dublin with his sister Eileen. Joyce, who had been in Dublin since October 1909 in connection with the opening of the Volta Cinema, brought his sister Eileen back to Trieste with him on 2 January 1910. While Joyce was on a visit home to Dublin in the summer of […]

On this day…28 December

On 28 December 1904 Joyce wrote to his brother Stanislaus from Pola. At the end of 1904, three months into his exile with Nora Barnacle, Joyce wrote an end-of-year letter to his brother Stanislaus to bring him up-to-date with the latest developments in Pola where Joyce and Nora were living at the time. Joyce wrote […]