On this day…2 September

On 2 September 1932 Yeats invited Joyce to join the Irish Academy of Letters. Yeats and George Bernard Shaw were working to establish an Irish Academy of Letters, a body that would represent Irish writers in general and would help in the fight against censorship in particular. Both Shaw and Yeats felt that Joyce was […]

On this day…5 May

On 5 May 1939 reviews of Finnegans Wake started to appear in the press. As the reviews began to appear in the days following publication of Finnegans Wake, Joyce had them read to him by friends and family. While some of the reviewers came up with interesting ideas, most simply reiterated what had already been […]

On this day…24 April

On 24 April 1927 Mary Colum published a review of the first chapter of Work in Progress. Colum was reviewing the first issue of transition (April 1927) in which ‘Opening Pages of a Work in Progress’ by Joyce was published. Her review, typical of many reactions to Joyce’s new work, claimed that Work in Progress […]

On this day…29 December

On 29 December 1931 John Stanislaus Joyce died. John Stanislaus Joyce, who hadn’t seen his son for almost twenty years, died in hospital on the evening of Tuesday 29 December 1931. Joyce did not travel from Paris to visit his dying father or to attend his funeral. John Joyce had been lodging with Albert Medcalf […]