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The Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man
The Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man Author:James Joyce Joyce is certainly one of the few modern novelists who can with justification assume the title of Artist. In a very real sense his life was devoted to the slow, painful spinning of the handful of classics on which his fame is based. Like Milton, who dedicated his life to a vast, a new and serious theme, whereby he was "to justify the ways of G... more »od to Man," Hoyce early determined to "forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race." His weapons were to be silence, exile, cunning. And his struggles with approaching blindness, poverty, publishers, printers, censors, customs officials, pirates, were on a Miltonic scale.
Born in a suburb of Dublin in 1882 of a ne'er-do-well father with a fine tenor and a pious mother who was a brilliant pianist, Joyce was educated by the Jesuits. Shortly after taking his degree at University College he began his self exile in Paris ("I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it calls itself my home, my fatherland or my church") -- an exile which was to last until his death, except for the brief period when he returned to his mother's deathbed.
In many ways Joyce's own death in 1941 marked the end of an era. Time said: "There was something about his death that suggested the great Bishop of Hippo, St. Augustine, dying at the close of the Roman World to the echo of Vandal swords against the city gates."« less