Item #308669 “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 publication

“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, [1901].

First edition. 8pp. 8vo. Joyce's second publication. Original pink printed wrappers, stapled. In original mailing envelope from Michael Papintonio, First Editions and Rare Books 509 Madison Ave. c. 1939. Addressed to original owner R.H. Pitney Slocum & Cahoon B1. Item #308669

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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