“The Day of the Rabblement" [published in Two Essays. “A Forgotten Aspect of the University Question” by F.J.C. Skeffington and “The Day of the Rabblement” by James A. Joyce]. James Joyce.

Joyce’s Second Published Work

“The Day of the Rabblement" [published in 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, [1901].

First edition of Joyce's second published work, one of 85 published. 8 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Joyce’s Second Published Work. Original pink printed wrappers, stapled. Faint crease marks from prior folding, small stain to top margin. In red cloth drop box Slocum & Cahoon B1. Provenance: John Howell Books. Item #259573

The first edition of Joyce’s second published work, and his first appearance in a book, one of only 85 copies printed (his first appearance was a review of Ibsen’s When We Dead Awaken published in the Fortnightly Review the previous year). Joyce’s essay, written when he was a nineteen-year-old student at University College, Dublin, is an attack on the Irish Literary Theater and its founders — Yeats, Moore and Martyn. He accuses them of abandoning the high ideals of the Theater’s founding and catering to popular tastes, becoming “the property of the rabblement of the most belated race in Europe.” The essay appears here in print with school friend F.J.C. Skeffington’s essay advocating equal university rights for women. Both essays were first rejected (“refused insertion by the Censor”) by St. Stephen’s, the newspaper of the University College, Dublin, at which point Joyce and Skeffington gathered the 2 pounds 5 shillings necessary to have the essays printed at a local stationery shop.

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