Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

Nancy Woodbridge Beach was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and the family migrated to Paris in 1901 when Sylvia was fourteen years old. At the age of nineteen in 1906, she returned to America with her parents, but travelled back to Paris in 1918 to study French literature, where she met Adrienne Monnier. On 19 NovemberContinue reading “Shakespeare and Company Bookstore”

Dr. Borsch Eye Clinic

James Joyce had frequent eye problems. In Paris, Dr. Victor Morax operated on Joyce’s right eye in 1921. At the end of May 1922, Joyce was in “great pain” and, for relief, Nora bathed his eyes with ice water. His publisher Sylvia Beach recommended the American oculist Dr. Louis Borsch, who had opened an eyeContinue reading “Dr. Borsch Eye Clinic”

James Joyce

James Joyce. James Augusta Aloysius Joyce was born in Dublin, Ireland, on 2 February 1882, the eldest of ten children. He had already begun writing poems before studying English, French, and Italian at the University College Dublin in 1898, but he became more active in theatrical and literary societies during his university years. After graduatingContinue reading “James Joyce”

Apartment: 2 Square de Robiac

After renovations, the Joyce family moved into their new apartment at 2 Square de Robiac in the 7th arrondissement on 13 June 1925, just off the Rue de Grenelle. Renovations were ongoing and Joyce’s London sponsor Harriet Shaw Weaver, on holiday in Paris, was “shocked by the chaos.” But the apartment was spacious and inContinue reading “Apartment: 2 Square de Robiac”