On this day…18 March

On 18 March 1926 Joyce wrote to Harriet Weaver about Samuel Roth publishing Work in Progress. At the time, Joyce was revising the first three of what was to be four watches of Shaun with the prospect of having them published in Samuel Roth’s Two Worlds quarterly magazine. However, in his letter to Harriet Weaver […]

On this day…12 December

On 12 December 1936 Harriet Weaver left Paris after seeing Joyce for the last time. Relations between Joyce and his patron Harriet Weaver had been strained for some time, and it was hoped that this meeting in Paris would help iron out some of the problems. After a fortnight in Paris, Weaver returned to England […]

On this day…23 November

On 23 November 1928 HG Wells wrote to Joyce about their differences. Joyce and Wells met in Paris at the beginning of November and Wells followed up with a letter to Joyce in which he pointed out what he saw as the differences between them. Though he felt that Joyce’s work was that of a […]

On this day…13 November

On 13 November 1938 Joyce finished writing Finnegans Wake. On the evening of Sunday 13 November 1938 Joyce sent a telegram to Harriet Weaver to announce that he had finished writing Work in Progress. Though there was still a lot of work to do with correcting proofs, the book that Joyce had been working on […]

On this day…3 August

On 3 August 1938 Joyce paid Eugene Jolas 1000 francs for guessing the name of his book. From the time he started work on what became Finnegans Wake, Joyce had kept the title of his book secret. On 2 August Eugene Jolas correctly guessed the name and the following day Joyce paid him 1000 francs, […]