On this day…8 September

On 8 September 1907 Joyce told his brother he was going to rewrite Stephen Hero. Joyce had started work on Stephen Hero by early 1904 and he continued work on it in Trieste. But by the summer of 1905 he had put it aside, and it wasn’t until September 1907 that he returned to work […]

On this day…19 July

On 19 July 1900 the body of a woman was recovered from the canal in Mullingar. The body was that of Sarah Pender, an inmate at the District Lunatic Asylum who had escaped on the night of Wednesday 18 July. Joyce, who was in Mullingar at the time, used this incident in a scene in […]

On this day…3 May

On 3 May 1902 George Joyce died. The youngest boy in the family, George was born on his father’s birthday, 4 July 1887. According to Richard Ellmann, he showed signs of his elder brother’s wit and intelligence, and he was popular not only at home but also at Belvedere College where he went to school. […]

On this day…28 December

On 28 December 1904 Joyce wrote to his brother Stanislaus from Pola. At the end of 1904, three months into his exile with Nora Barnacle, Joyce wrote an end-of-year letter to his brother Stanislaus to bring him up-to-date with the latest developments in Pola where Joyce and Nora were living at the time. Joyce wrote […]

On this day…29 November

By 29 November 1907 Joyce had finished revising first chapter of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Joyce had been working on an autobiographical novel well before leaving Dublin, but in autumn 1907 he began to rework what he had already written into what was to become A Portrait of the Artist […]