Lizzie Twigg

Life
[Pseud. “Elis ni Chraoibhin”, after Hyde’s]; issued Songs and Poems (Dublin 1904), with an introduction by Canon Sheehan; contrib. frequently to Irish papers; she is the subject of a “coincidence” in James Joyce’s Ulysses. PI

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Notes
James Joyce’s Ulysses (“Lestrygonians” [chap.]) makes reference to Lizzie Twigg, who has apparently responded to an ad. placed in the paper by him with a letter: ‘He [Bloom] passed the Irish Times. There might be other answers lying there. [...] Wanted smart lady typist to aid gentleman in literary work. I called you naughty darling because I do not like that other world. Please tell me what is the meaning. Please tell me what perfume does your wife. Tell me who made the world. The way they spring those questions on you. And the other one Lizzie Twigg. My literary efforts have had the good fortune to meet with the approval of the eminent poet A. E. (Mr Geo Russell). No time to do her hair drinking sloppy tea with a book of poetry.’ And, later in the same chapter: ‘ And there he is too. Now that’s really a coincidence: second-time. Coming events cast their shadows before. With the approval of the eminent poet Mr Geo Russell. That might be Lizzie Twigg with him. A. E.: what does that mean? Initials perhaps. Albert Edward, Arthur Edmund, Alphonsus Eb Ed El Esquire. What was he saying? The ends of the world with a Scotch accent. Tentacles: octopus. Something occult: symbolism. Holding forth. She’s taking it all in. Not saying a word. To aid gentleman in literary work.’

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