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Introduction to the tenth issue

This tenth issue of James Joyce Online Notes (JJON) includes articles by four of the authors - Clive Hart, Eamonn Finn, Harald Beck, and John Simpson – who contributed to the first issue in September 2011, as well as contributions by Terence Killeen and Ian Gunn, who have also contributed to intervening issues. Since 2011 JJON has published 274 articles, variously associated with “Joyce’s People”, “Joyce’s Words”, “Joyce’s Allusions”, and “Joyce’s Environs”.

     JJON has investigated how action sequences in Ulysses can be mapped against the reality of Dublin, and this issue contains three articles of this nature: Ian Gunn and Clive Hart follow Bloom’s crumpled throwaway down the Liffey, Harald Beck plots Bloom’s peregrinations through the old Ormond Hotel (leading on to questions about the crossblind on the front window), and then (with Eamonn Finn) tracks Father Conmee on his walk to Artane.

     Joyce’s vocabulary is a topic of perennial interest, and John Simpson examines the yogibogeybox, and finds that mystic yogibogeys preceded Joyce. The biography of Joyce’s minor characters receives a boost from Terence Killeen’s further investigations of Alfred and Marion Hunter, from Harald Beck’s interest in Herr Hauptmann Hainau, and from John Simpson’s study of Professor MacHugh.

     From time to time, new information arises that is relevant to articles already published in JJON. In this issue, “washing possible” is augmented with a copy of a postcard (discovered by Aida Yared) contemporary with Joyce’s use and earlier than other printed evidence, and Aida has also discovered a postcard relevant to Joyce’s “missing gent” advertisement.


Harald Beck
John Simpson

Editors