On this day…10 May

On 10 May 1899 a letter of protest against WB Yeats’ The Countess Cathleen was published. The letter followed the first performance of The Countess Cathleen on 8 May, a performance which Joyce attended. Some of Joyce’s university friends decided to write a letter of protest against the play and the letter was left on […]

On this day…8 May

On 8 May 1899 Joyce attended the first performance of WB Yeats’ play The Countess Cathleen. The first performance of Yeats’ play The Countess Cathleen took place in the Antient Concert Rooms on Brunswick Street on 8 May 1899. Florence Farr played the part of the poet Aleel, May Whitty played the Countess, and Anna […]

On this day…16 December

On 16 December 1912 Joyce wrote to Yeats about The Countess Cathleen. One of Joyce’s students, Nicolò Vidacovich, had made an Italian translation of part WB Yeats’ play The Countess Cathleen, but Yeats did not want it published. Joyce wrote a number of letters to Yeats trying to persuade him to allow Vidacovich’s translation to […]