Read the latest articles and the  Introduction  to issue 16


Marie Dubedat - the Irish nightingale

Joyce was intrigued by the literary possibilities of the name ‘Dubedat’, and he refers to the family numerous times in his work. Fritz Senn is undoubtedly right in saying that, although there was a Miss Du Bedat in Killiney, 'this fact is of far less importance than the use her name is put to’.

Flynnlandia, or the rise (and fall) of the House of Usher

"It was always a great affair, the Misses Morkan’s annual dance."
The Morkans have a back-history, and it's here  [more...]


Comings and Goings: Joyce's words in the Oxford English Dictionary

Work towards the Third Edition of the OED (2000-; now around 40% complete) changes the profile of Joyce in the dictionary, especially as his quotations are sometimes displaced by new first usages found in other, earlier sources [more...]

Katey Keogh at the Volta Cinema in Dublin

Katey Keogh was thought to have been an imaginary character created by Joyce. But it seems she was a real person, a Dubliner, who was in all likelihood known to Joyce. She worked for a time at the Volta Cinema when she was seventeen. It's not known how long she worked there. She also got her younger brother William a job as an Assistant to projectionist Lenny Collinge at the Volta - the first cinema in Dublin. Decorated in light blue and crimson, it could seat up to 420 people. Entrance tickets sold from 2d to 6d, depending on the seats.

On 18 January 1917 Katey married Joseph Synnott, who was a soldier, at St Catherine’s Church, near her home at 23 Thomas Street. He lived at 8 Greenmount, Harold’s Cross, where they subsequently  lived. They had four sons ...

Read Vivien Igoe's account of Katey at Joyce's People here.

Also included in this issue: Ian Gunn examines the topography of 7 Eccles Street, Harald Beck looks into the first "Lady Freemason", as reported by Nosey Flynn, Marc Mamigonian reflects on white hats and stolen donkeys, Áine Nolan researches the Ursuline Manual in 'Circe'. And more...

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Did the Blooms have an internal toilet?

No plans exsist showing the internal layout of No 7 Eccles Street, but Ian Gunn examines historical and literary evidence for the location of the Blooms' toilet

A Joycean price

A pint of porter cost 1d in Ulysses, and a cup of coffee at the cabman's shelter would set you back 2d. That was in the days when Dublin used £sd, and a pound consisted of 240 pence. For more details of the cost of living in Ulysses [more...]

Trieste Library

Links to the texts of Joyce's Trieste Library have been updated, with new access to the 1896 translation of Jacobsen's Siren Voices, Levides' La civilisation dans les h
ôpitaux, Marinetti and [more...]

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