On this day…25 July

On 25 July 1926 Joyce sent the ‘Shaun’ episodes of Work in Progress to the Dial. The Dial was a prestigious American review to which Joyce had offered the ‘Shaun’ episodes of Work in Progress early in July 1926. At first the Dial accepted the pieces, then cabled to say they wanted deletions, and finally […]

On this day…24 July

On 24 July 1928 five copies of ‘Continuation of Work in Progress by James Joyce’ were published in New York. Joyce, who was still pursuing a case against Samuel Roth in America for breach of copyright, wanted to ensure that the same thing would not happen with Work in Progress (Finnegans Wake), and organised for […]

On this day…21 July

21 July 1899 Ernest Hemingway was born Born in Illinois, Hemingway became a journalist after leaving High School and in 1918 went to Europe as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross. He was wounded and returned to America in 1919 where he took a job as a reporter at the Toronto Star. He arrived […]

On this day…3 July

On 3 July 1974 Samuel Roth died. Samuel Roth, a New-York based publisher of literature and erotica, pirated some of Joyce’s works and was responsible for publication of the first complete, albeit corrupt, text of Ulysses in the US. Born in 1893, Roth grew up in New York, the son of migrants from Eastern Europe. […]

On this day…18 March

On 18 March 1926 Joyce wrote to Harriet Weaver about Samuel Roth publishing Work in Progress. At the time, Joyce was revising the first three of what was to be four watches of Shaun with the prospect of having them published in Samuel Roth’s Two Worlds quarterly magazine. However, in his letter to Harriet Weaver […]