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Joyce's Birthday Books
| || ||On this day in 1922, James Joyce's fortieth birthday, Ulysses was first published -- although only two copies of the book actually arrived by train to anxious publisher Sylvia Beach. Although Finnegans Wake was not ready for publication on Joyce's fifty-seventh birthday, as he had hoped, a bound copy was delivered to him. Both birthday books relieved Joyce's superstitious fears, and occasioned a party.|