On this day…10 April

On 10 April 1867 George Russell was born. Poet, painter, mystic, and agriculturalist, George Russell was one of the most important figures of the Celtic Revival. A friend of George Moore, WB Yeats, and Lady Gregory, he also helped published Joyce’s first fiction. Joyce met Russell for the first time in August 1902, and Russell […]

On this day…31 December

On 31 December 1918 Joyce finished the ‘Scylla and Charybdis’ episode of Ulysses. The ninth episode of Ulysses is set in the National Library of Ireland where Stephen Dedalus is depicted pontificating about Shakespeare’s Hamlet to the librarians and others. Throughout the episode, Joyce mixes the real-life of the Library as he had known it […]

On this day…4 December

On 4 December 1935 William Magee sent Joyce his book Irish Literary Portraits. William Magee (who wrote under the pseudonym John Eglinton), whom Joyce had known as a librarian at the National Library of Ireland, had included two essays on Joyce in his latest book, Irish Literary Portraits, published in London by Macmillan in 1935. […]

On this day…11 November

On 11 November 1912 Joyce gave his first lecture on Hamlet. This was the first of twelve lectures on Hamlet that Joyce gave at the Società di Minerva in Trieste. Though the lectures have been lost, it’s likely that Joyce recycled much of the material for the ‘Scylla and Charybdis’ episode and elsewhere in Ulysses. […]