2 February 1882
JJ, Irish novelist, playwright, and poet, was born at 41 Brighton Square
, the eldest survivor from his mother's twelve births and three miscarriages.
6 April 1907
JJ published his first book, a collection of poems entitled Chamber Music
14 February 1921
The obscenity trial against JJ's Ulysses
began in New York
, with John Quinn
acting for the Little Review
. The jury found the publication obscene, and its serialisation was discontinued.
10 March 1923
JJ began work on probably the first identifiable fragment that went into his third major work, the highly experimental and linguistically inventive novel and central text of modernism which was later known as Finnegans Wake
JJ 's Anna Livia Plurabelle
, a fragment of Finnegans Wake
(1939), was published in book form in New York
by Crosby Gaige.
JJ learned that Ulysses
would not be prosecuted in England
, and an agreement was struck with John Lane
to publish. Because of printers' protests against some passages, the book did not appear until 1936.
6 December 1933 Ulysses
by JJ was cleared of obscenity charges by an American court in New York
; this resulted in British authorities quietly overlooking its publication in England
In the Caedmon Records Literary Series
recording of JJ's Ulysses
, soliloquies of Molly and Leopold Bloom were expurgated without any indication of the fact; an instance of the way unofficial censorship haunted the novel.
Early June 2004
Commemorations planned to celebrate the centenary of JJ's Ulysses
were threatened by the refusal of his grandson and sole surviving relative, Stephen Joyce, to give copyright permission.