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Dark Angels Note 176

Dearest Friends

Welcome back to our Friday Note – our weekly collection of writerly thoughts.



Today in 1922, James Joyce’s Ulysses was published.

Before then, episodes from the book had been published in American magazine The Little Review – until four issues were seized and the editor convicted of obscenity charges.

But it was Parisien bookshop owner Sylvia Beach that published the first edition of the book in its entirety with an initial print run of 1000 copies. She noted at the time, “Ulysses is going to make my place famous.”

The publishing rights to the book were then snapped up in 1933 by Random House, which took Ulysses back to America and saw Joyce pocket a $45,000 advance (which he failed to mention to Sylvia Beach).



Shakespeare and Company was “like the Central Perk of the Left Bank” in 1920s Paris. A who’s who of aspiring writers sprawled on comfy chairs and taking coffee in the kitchenette.

Listen to the story of how Sylvia Beach came to meet James Joyce and subsequently publish Ulysses here, on the Lost Ladies of Lit podcast.



The book is famous for the stream of consciousness technique that Joyce employs.

Tune in to your own inner monologue. Pay attention as you go about your day. Then try documenting a spate in a short uncensored stream.

We’d love to see what you come up with, if you’d like to share.



Keep sending us any poems, writings, links and writerly whatnots that you’d like to share with the wider Dark Angels family. We love to read them.




Come to The Lab

Join Neil Baker for an afternoon of creativity and uncertainty at The Lab, in London on Friday, February 9 for just £30+VAT. Tickets and more info here.


Weekly Tuesday Gatherings

Join us again for a reflective hour of reading, writing and communing led by Neil Baker. Everyone is welcome – from the Dark Angels community and beyond. We meet at 7pm UK time. To join us, click here on the night. There’s no need to register in advance.


Be well, keep reading, keep writing and know that we’re always here.

From everyone at Dark Angels



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