On this day…20 June

On 20 June 1904 Joyce collapsed, drunk, at a National Theatre Society rehearsal. On Monday 20 June 1904 Joyce turned up very drunk to attend a rehearsal of the National Theatre Society at the Camden Hall and collapsed in a passageway, after which some of the actors took him home. The National Theatre Society had […]

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…13 April

On 13 April 1906 Samuel Beckett was born. Beckett was born in the family home at Cooldrinagh, Foxrock. That it was Good Friday, and Friday the thirteenth, and that the birth was a difficult one, was all taken by Beckett to indicate that birth was connected with pain, suffering, and death. Beckett gives a long […]

On this day…26 December

On 26 December 1937 Joyce dined with Samuel Beckett and Peggy Guggenheim. The day after Christmas Day 1937 the Joyces dined at Fouquet’s restaurant in the company of Samuel Beckett and Peggy Guggenheim. The evening was the beginning of a brief but very intense affair between Beckett and Guggenheim. The American heiress Peggy Guggenheim had […]