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…7 September

On 7 September 1913 Joyce wrote the poem ‘Watching the Needleboats at San Sabba.’ Joyce wrote the poem after watching his brother Stanislaus compete in a boat race at San Sabba. He sent the poem to Stanislaus two days later, and it was published in the Saturday Review in London on 20 September 1913. As […]

On this day…3 September

On 3 September 1987 John Huston’s film The Dead premiered. The Dead, based on Joyce’s story, was Huston’s last film. Something of a family affair, it starred his daughter Anjelica Huston, and the script was written by his son Tony. Eighty years after Joyce wrote the story, the film premiered on 3 September 1987 at […]

On this day…8 April

On 8 April 1848 Italian opera composer Gaetano Donizetti died. Donizetti (1797-1848) was one of the great composers of bel canto opera. Among his best-known works are L’Elisir d’amore (1832), Lucia di Lammermoor (1835), and Lucrezia Borgia (1833), all of which are referred to in Joyce’s works. Born in Bergamo, Donizetti came to international attention […]

On this day…28 February

On 28 February 1905 Joyce saw Eleanora Duse perform in Ibsen’s Rosmersholm. The performance took place on 28 February 1905 at the Teatro Verdi. Duse was considered the leading Ibsen actress of the day, and though Joyce had seen her perform before, he hadn’t seen her perform in a play by Ibsen. He prepared himself […]