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Artaud/Vitrac première (the first of only three performances) of Victor ou les enfants au pouvoir (later, after its 1947 revival, to influence Eleutheria). Spends Christmas in Kassel. 1929 January TMacG becomes assistant secretary of the magazine Formes. SB considers registering for a French doctorate on Proust and Joyce, but is turned down by Professor Bouglé at the ENS. 1929 19 February Translator’s acknowledgement by TMacG in the limited edition (875 copies) of Introduction to the Method of Paul Valéry published in 1929 by John Rodker (with 50 copies signed by Paul Valéry).

27 Back in Dublin (he will be in Dublin for the next 18 months, until July 1934), typing out his poems. Still pondering a book on Gide. Has not yet heard (and has still not 1932 39 30 heard 13/9; only hears some 6 weeks after sending it) from Titus re Dante and the Lobster. Desire to write; sends poems to Edgell Rickword at the publisher Wishart. September Visits the author Arland Ussher, a leading light in the Dublin literati between the wars, at his home at Cappagh. Meets WB Yeats at Killiney (to which Yeats had recently moved), by way of an introduction from TMacG; Yeats quotes lines 45-7 of Whoroscope to SB’s surprise.

Joyce. 31 Successful (placed fourth) in the Foundation Scholarship (Modern Languages) after a punishing six weeks of study. ) 24 SB’s academic achievements are listed in the Irish Times. Undergraduate lectures in Arts end. July Purchases Molière, a set author for the Michaelmas Junior Sophister examination. 7–8 (Wed, Thurs) On tour with the cricket team, which loses to Northamptonshire again. 12 Abbey Theatre’s week-long revival of Synge’s In The Shadow of the Glen. August SB’s first trip to France.

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