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Monday, February 02, 2009

Joyce's Birthday Books

On this day in 1922, James Joyce's fortieth birthday, Ulysses was first published -- although only two copies of the book actually arrived by train to anxious publisher Sylvia Beach. Although Finnegans Wake was not ready for publication on Joyce's fifty-seventh birthday, as he had hoped, a bound copy was delivered to him. Both birthday books relieved Joyce's superstitious fears, and occasioned a party.

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