On this day…19 June

On 19 June 1926 Joyce attended the premiere of Antheil’s Ballet Mécanique. George Antheil (1900-1959) had come to Paris in 1923 determined to establish a reputation as the ‘bad boy of music.’ Sylvia Beach introduced him to Joyce and Antheil planned an opera based on the ‘Cyclops’ episode of Ulysses. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, […]

On this day…14 March

On 14 March 1887 Sylvia Beach was born. Daughter of a Presbyterian minister, Sylvia Beach opened Shakespeare and Company, a bookshop that became synonymous with the publication of Joyce’s Ulysses. Sylvia Beach was born Nancy Woodbridge Beach in Baltimore, Maryland, where her father was a Presbyterian pastor. The family moved to Bridgeton, New Jersey, for […]