Tag Archives: Sylvia Beach

Rejoyce. It’s Bloomsday.

Some men send flowers to commemorate an anniversary. James Joyce wrote Ulysses. Overachiever. On June 15, 1904, young James Joyce sent a note to Nora Barnacle, who was a waitress at Finn’s Hotel. Barnacle (what an apt name) was a … Continue reading

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“I couldn’t keep a dog and a James Joyce and a bookshop.” — Sylvia Beach

It’s her birthday today. Sylvia Beach is one of my heroes due to her influential bookshop in Paris (Shakespeare & Co.), and her nurturing of the writers of that time. You know, minor writers like James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, and … Continue reading

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The Books: The Letters of Sylvia Beach

Daily Book Excerpt: Memoirs: Before I get started on the book, my OCD-nature requires of me that I explain this Book Excerpt thing for those of you who may be new to me. I don’t know how many books I … Continue reading

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2010 Books Read

Round-up of the books I read this year, in the order in which I read them. I am nearly finished with one last book (a collection of stories by Miranda July, given to me by my sister Siobhan for my … Continue reading

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“€˜Ulysses€™ is going to make my place famous.” – Sylvia Beach, 1921

And indeed it did. I’m in heaven these days due to the recent publication of The Letters of Sylvia Beach, which I have not read yet, but it means that Sylvia Beach is all over the place right now. It’s … Continue reading

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“€œAlready the publicity is beginning, and swarms of people visit the shop on hearing the news.” – Letter from Sylvia Beach to her sister

(“the news” being the publication of Ulysses.) Recently it was Sylvia Beach’s birthday, and this coming month will see the publication of The Letters of Sylvia Beach, which should be a bit of a treasure-trove, considering the people she interacted … Continue reading

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Today in history: March 14, 1887

Sylvia Beach, who is responsible for publishing James Joyce’s Ulysses when no one else would touch it, was born on this day, in 1887. Here is a photo of Sylvia and Jimmy: Sylvia said of Joyce: “As for Joyce, he … Continue reading

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Today in history: February 2 (1882, and 1922)

Two things happened on today in history: February 2, 1882: James Joyce was born in Rathgar. February 2, 1922: Joyce’s Ulysses was published by Shakespeare & Co. James Joyce had already written a collection of short stories (Dubliners – excerpt … Continue reading

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Reunion

Speaking of Joyce and February 2nd and Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company: Here is a great photo of a Shakespeare & Co. reunion. What a cast of characters. Posted on that wonderful website on February 2nd. Coincidence? I think … Continue reading

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Today in history: February 2nd

Two things happened on today in history: February 2, 1882: James Joyce was born in Rathgar. February 2, 1922: Joyce’s Ulysses was published by Shakespeare & Co. James Joyce had already written a collection of short stories (Dubliners – excerpt … Continue reading

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