The Friendship of Joyce and Svevo

Stanley Price

05/03/2017 6:30 pm

James Joyce and Italo Svevo met in Trieste in 1907 when Joyce was Svevo’s English teacher at the Berlitz School. Their friendship endured the political and cultural upheavals of the early 20th century and is explored in rich detail in this elegant new book by Stanley Price. Their story has a fascinating supporting cast including: Yeats and Shaw, Proust and Hemingway, Freud and Jung, Eliot and Wells. When Ulysses was published in Paris in 1922, its success enabled Joyce to introduce Svevo to those who would recognise the great comedic genius of The Confessions of Zeno. European literature owes a great deal to their meeting. Stanley Price is in conversation with the author and critic Philip Hensher

Stanley Price

Philip Hensher