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Two Essays. Dublin: Gerrard Bros, 1901. Joyce’s First Appearance in Book Form. by James Joyce on sale for €5,950.00
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  • Two Essays. Dublin: Gerrard Bros, 1901. Joyce’s First Appearance in Book Form. by James Joyce on sale for €5,950.00
  • Two Essays. Dublin: Gerrard Bros, 1901. Joyce’s First Appearance in Book Form. by James Joyce on sale for €5,950.00
  • Two Essays. Dublin: Gerrard Bros, 1901. Joyce’s First Appearance in Book Form. by James Joyce on sale for €5,950.00
  • Two Essays. Dublin: Gerrard Bros, 1901. Joyce’s First Appearance in Book Form. by James Joyce on sale for €5,950.00
  • Two Essays. Dublin: Gerrard Bros, 1901. Joyce’s First Appearance in Book Form. by James Joyce on sale for €5,950.00
  • Two Essays. Dublin: Gerrard Bros, 1901. Joyce’s First Appearance in Book Form. by James Joyce on sale for €5,950.00

Two Essays. Dublin: Gerrard Bros, 1901. Joyce’s First Appearance in Book Form.

James Joyce

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Two Essays. A Forgotten Aspect of the University Question. by F.J.C. Skeffington and The Day of the Rabblement by James A. Joyce. Dublin: Gerrard Bros, 37 Stephen's Green, 15 October 1901. 8vo, first edition, one of approximately 85 copies. Original pink printed wrappers, slightly creased, some minor staining and soiling to front wrapper, contents in very good condition. Housed in chemise. With the exception of Eh tu, Healy! (of which no copy is known to exist), this volume - printed after both articles were rejected for publication in the University College Dublin magazine, St Stephen's - is Joyce's first appearance in book form and his second appearance in print (after 'Ibsen's New Drama' in Fortnightly Review in April 1900). On 14 October 1901, having learnt that the next production of the Irish Literary Theatre would be an Irish language play and not a work by an international or Continental playwright (such as Hauptmann or Ibsen) Joyce wrote an article indignantly condemning the Theatre for its parochialism. Having submitted the article to his adversary Hugh Kennedy, the editor of the new University College magazine St. Stephen's, Joyce was dismayed to be told that, because of a reference to D'Annunzio's Il Fuoco, then still listed in the Index librorum prohibitorum (books baned by the Catholic Church), it could not be published. At the same time Joyce's friend, the pacifist and iconoclast Francis Skeffington (whom he considered: after himself...the cleverest man at University College: Ellmann, p.61), had had his article advocating equal status for women at the University rejected. Joyce and Skeffington went into Gerrard Brothers, a stationery shop across St. Stephen's Green from the College, and had 85 copies printed for £2-5-0 on October 31, 1901. The two authors distributed them with the assistance of Stanislaus Joyce, who had the duty of handing one in to George Moore's maidservant (Richard Ellmann, James Joyce, p.89). The Day of the Rabblement is an attack on the Irish Literary Theatre for succumbing to the trolls (the rabble, the crowd) instead of warring with them as Ibsen had instructed (Ellmann, op.cit., p.89). It opens with an apparently enigmatic quotation: No man, said the Nolan, can be a lover of the true or the good unless he abhors the multitude; and the artist, though he may employ the crowd, is very careful to isolate himself. Ellmann comments that: The publication of Two Essays roused a good deal of talk. No one knew who the Nolan was. As Joyce told Herbert Gorman later, `University College was much intrigued by this personage whom it supposed to be an ancient Irish chieftain like the MacDermott or the O'Reilly'. Some students thought it was Joyce himself...others thought it was the porter at the Cecilia Street medical school, whose name was Nolan. `Said the Nolan' became a catchphrase. F.J.C. Skeffington was a pacifist, feminist, and vegetarian; Joyce dubbed him 'Hairy Jaysus' and considered him the cleverest man at the university after himself. Skeffington was killed in the Easter Uprising of 1916. 

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