On this day…11 July

On 11 July 1920 Joyce met Sylvia Beach for the first time. Joyce had been invited to the home of André Spire on the afternoon of Sunday 11 July 1920. There he met Sylvia Beach for the first time. A young American woman, Beach ran the bookshop Shakespeare and Company, and was to publish the […]

On this day…5 July

On 5 July 1927 Pomes Penyeach was published. Joyce’s second and last book of poetry, Pomes Penyeach was published by Sylvia Beach under the imprint of Shakespeare and Company. The book contained thirteen poems, though most of them had already appeared in print before 1927. Pomes Penyeach was a collection of twelve poems and a […]

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…11 June

On 11 June 1921 George Bernard Shaw refused to subscribe to the publication of Ulysses. To help cover the costs of publication, Sylvia Beach sent out prospectuses inviting various influential people, collectors and the general public to subscribe in advance to the publication of Ulysses. Having received a prospectus, Shaw wrote to Beach on 11 […]