By James Joyce
"I won't serve that during which I not think, even if it name itself my domestic, my place of birth or my church: and that i will attempt to exhibit myself in a few mode of existence or artwork as freely as i will and as entirely as i will be able to, utilizing for my defence the one fingers I let myself to exploit — silence, exile, and cunning."
James Joyce's supremely leading edge fictional autobiography can also be, within the apt word of the biographer Richard Ellmann, not anything below "the gestation of a soul." For as he describes the shabby, cloying, and infrequently terrifying Dublin upbringing of his modify ego, Stephen Dedalus, Joyce immerses the reader in his rising awareness, utilising language that levels from child check with hellfire sermon to a effective artist's manifesto. the result's a unique of tremendous boldness, eloquence, and effort, a piece that inaugurated a literary revolution and has develop into a version for the portrayal of the self in our time.
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce