Read the latest articles and the  introduction to issue 12


Where was the Brixton Empire?

Joyce picks up George Moore's 1901 reference to "the Brixton Empire" - but what did Moore mean, as he spoke to a journalist about leaving London to return to Ireland?

What was King Edward VII's favourite sweet?

Joyce calls him the "jujube-sucking king". Jujubes are fruit pastilles. But is there any truth behind this royal rumour?  [more...]


Proper names in Joyce's writing can be pronounced in Dublin English in ways which are surprising to those unfamiliar with the dialect. Often the stress falls in unexpected places (as in D'Olier Street)


Aungier Street

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...]

Who lived next-door to the Blooms?

"Woods his name is. Wonder what he does. Wife is oldish. New blood. No followers allowed. Strong pair of arms." But who was "Woods"? A photograph in the keeping of great-grandson Paul Duffy gives us a clue, and further background research fills in the picture from the Dublin archives.

Patrick and Rosanna Woods in the photographer's studio...

Read the full story at Joyce's People here.

To complement this article, see Ian Gunn's earlier piece on Bloom's own house at No 7 Eccles Street, with an investigation into its prehistory.

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