On this day…29 April

On 29 April 1918 the English Players gave their first performance. The English Players was an amateur drama group formed by Joyce and Claud Sykes in Zurich. The group’s first performance, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, took place at the Theater zu den Kaufleuten on Pelikanstrasse on Monday 29 April 1918. Claud Sykes […]

On this day…24 March

On 24 March 1909 Joyce’s article ‘Oscar Wilde’ was published. The article ‘Oscar Wilde: il poeta di “Salomé”’ (‘Oscar Wilde: The Poet of “Salomé”’) was written in Italian and published in Il Piccolo della Sera on 24 March 1909. The immediate occasion for the article was a production of Richard Strauss’ opera Salome, based on […]

On this day…30 November

On 30 November 1900 Oscar Wilde died. Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854 and was educated first at Portora Royal School and Trinity College before going on to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he won the Newdigate Prize for Poetry in 1878. His first collected volume of poems was published in 1881 and he […]

Telemachus 0046

Mulligan’s regret over his obsequious behavior to Haines is quickly forgotten.  A minute ago, he said he would join Stephen in surly revolt against their guest’s acquisitive interest in all things Irish, but now he dons a “rebellious” collar, tie, and watch chain, and goes out to join his guest. [The backwards text is meant […]