On World Book Day here is Sylvia Beach the woman responsible for publishing one of the most important pieces of modernist literature 'Ulysses' by James Joyce.
In this excerpt from the programme 'Self Portrait: Sylvia Beach', Sylvia talks to Niall Sheridan about her encounters with James Joyce and how she came to publish 'Ulysses' from her small bookshop, 'Shakespeare and Company' frequented by J. M. Synge, Ernest Hemingway, Austin Clarke, Samuel Beckett, Scott Fitzgerald and many other young writers. Ulysses was published in February 1922.
The programme 'Self Portrait: Sylvia Beach' was filmed in the garden next to the Joyce Tower, Dublin following the opening of the Joyce Museum.
This programme was orignally broadcast as part of the 'Self Portrait' series 2 October 1962. Sylvia Beach died 3 days later.
The programme was remastered for the Bloomsday centenary and rebroadcast as part of 'The View Presents Sylvia Beach: The Woman Who Published Ulysses' on the 14 June 2004.