On this day…2 May

On 2 May 1934 Joyce told Frank Budgen that Matisse would be illustrating an edition of Ulysses. The Limited Editions Club in America had commissioned French artist Henri Matisse to provide illustrations for a deluxe edition of Joyce’s Ulysses to be published in 1935. The etchings Matisse provided illustrated episodes from Homer’s Odyssey. The Limited […]

On this day…1 May

On 1 May 1931 the French translation of Anna Livia Plurabelle was published. In 1930, Philippe Soupault suggested to Alfred Péron and Samuel Beckett that they translate Joyce’s Anna Livia Plurabelle into French for the avant garde magazine Bifur, edited by Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes. Alfred Péron had studied English at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and in […]

On this day…12 December

On 12 December 1936 Harriet Weaver left Paris after seeing Joyce for the last time. Relations between Joyce and his patron Harriet Weaver had been strained for some time, and it was hoped that this meeting in Paris would help iron out some of the problems. After a fortnight in Paris, Weaver returned to England […]

On this day…13 November

On 13 November 1938 Joyce finished writing Finnegans Wake. On the evening of Sunday 13 November 1938 Joyce sent a telegram to Harriet Weaver to announce that he had finished writing Work in Progress. Though there was still a lot of work to do with correcting proofs, the book that Joyce had been working on […]