Charles Dawson – lecturer on talking about everything
U 6.151 Did you read Dan Dawson’s speech? Martin Cunningham asked.
The style and content of Dawson’s speech are mocked at some length in the Aeolus episode (7.242 – 343 ), with Professor MacHugh calling him an “inflated windbag” (7.315), and Bloom offering “Bladderbags”.
In real life Charles Dawson (1842-1917), son of baker Michael Dawson of Limerick, owned the Limerick Bakery with branches in 148 Great Britain Street, 1 Pill Lane and 27 St. Stephen’s Street. Gifford's suggestion that he owned the Dublin Bread Company (DBC) seems to be without foundation.
Freeman's Journal (1882), 2 December
Ephraim Cosgrave, Dublin and Co. Dublin. Contemporary biographies (1908), p.114
His son Willie, who wrote for St Stephen's and Moran's The Leader was Joyce's age and befriended Arthur Clery, Tom Kettle and Curran.
The Jarvey (1889), 23 March p. 182
Traces of hackneyed metaphors can however be found in this passage of the long speech Dawson gave in April 1904 and which was printed in full the Freeman’s Journal:
Freeman’s Journal (1904), 7 April
In calling the originator of the windy poetical speech in the Aeolus episode Dan Dawson Joyce may have enjoyed one of his famous cackles, as a person of that name was a notorious horse-nobbler eventually hanged in August 1812 because he had poisoned four race horses: a story that still finds its way into print in the twenty-first century.
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