On this day…6 June

On 6 June 1946 the German writer Gerhart Hauptmann died. Born in 1862 in Obersalzbrunn (now Szczawno-Zdrój in Poland), then part of German Silesia, Hauptmann studied art at Breslau and science and philosophy at the University of Jena before turning to literature in the 1880s. Best known now for his plays, Hauptmann was also a […]

On this day…25 May

On 25 May 1918 Joyce’s play Exiles was published. Exiles is the only extant play by Joyce, but it is rarely performed and is not considered a particularly good play. Nonetheless, it is important as a stage in the development of Joyce’s writing. Joyce had made two earlier attempts at writing plays. My Brilliant Career […]

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…7 May

On 7 May 1901 Joyce dated his copy of Henry Olcott’s Buddhist Catechism. This copy of Olcott’s Buddhist Catechism according to the Sinhalese Canon, published by the Theosophical Publication Society, was one of a number of volumes of Theosophy that Joyce owned. From them, he took ideas that he used in A Portrait of the […]