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By Morris Beja

James Joyce: A Literary existence is a brief biography of Joyce for the scholar and common reader. it's the first biography to seem for a few years (and the 1st to take advantage of the entire voluminous fabrics by way of and approximately Joyce that have develop into largely on hand over the last or 3 many years) of a novelist whom many regard because the so much influential author of the 20 th century, and definitely one of many significant figures in international literature.

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A Portrait of the Artist'' Joyce began the earliest versions of what was ultimately to become A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man even before the first of the Dubliners stories. He wrote a sketch, or story, which Stanislaus sug­ gested he call 'A Portrait of the Artist', in one day, 7 January 1904, after he heard that a new journal was being started, called Dana. He showed it to one of the editors, W. K. Magee (also called 'J°hn Eglinton', as in Ulysses) one evening at the National Library; Magee records that he read it in Joyce's presence and then 'handed it back to him with the timid observation that I did not care to publish what was to myself incomprehensible' (Workshop 200).

Joyce replied that he could not agree to Richards's request that he expunge or modify the story: 'I have written my book with considerable care, in spite of a hundred difficulties and in accord­ ance with what I understand to be the classical tradition of my art. You must therefore allow me to say that your printer's opinion of it does not interest me in the least' (II60). Unfortunately, however, given the publishing realities of the day (printers were held responsible, legally, for everything they printed), the printer's opinion did matter and could even be decisive.

I remember when I was a girl, and a young man fell in love with me, and he came and sang in the rain under an apple-tree outside my window, and he caught tuberculosis and died'. Dillon: As if she had never read the story! 2133]). Nora used to go out walking with William Mulvagh (pronounced and sometimes spelled 'Mulvey'), an accountant. ' The words 'she says' suggest uncertainty on Joyce's part, and in the same letter he also tells of an incident when she was sixteen; a young curate took her on his lap and 'put his hand up under her dress which was shortish.

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