On this day…9 May

On 9 May 1927 Stuart Gilbert contacted Joyce for the first time. This letter of 9 May 1927 was Joyce’s first contact with Stuart Gilbert who was to become an important friend and promoter of Joyce’s work. He played an important role in correcting the text of Ulysses and in producing the French translation of […]

On this day…4 May

On 4 May 1939 Finnegans Wake was published. Joyce’s final novel, on which he had been working for almost seventeen years, was finally published on Thursday 4 May 1939 by Faber & Faber in London, and by Viking Press in New York. After the publication of Ulysses in February 1922, Joyce had been occupied with […]

On this day…24 April

On 24 April 1927 Mary Colum published a review of the first chapter of Work in Progress. Colum was reviewing the first issue of transition (April 1927) in which ‘Opening Pages of a Work in Progress’ by Joyce was published. Her review, typical of many reactions to Joyce’s new work, claimed that Work in Progress […]

On this day…13 April

On 13 April 1906 Samuel Beckett was born. Beckett was born in the family home at Cooldrinagh, Foxrock. That it was Good Friday, and Friday the thirteenth, and that the birth was a difficult one, was all taken by Beckett to indicate that birth was connected with pain, suffering, and death. Beckett gives a long […]