By James Joyce
The portrayal of Stephen Dedalus's Dublin youth and formative years, his quest for identification via artwork and his sluggish emancipation from the claims of family members, faith and eire itself, is additionally an indirect self-portrait of the younger James Joyce and a common testomony to the artist's 'eternal imagination'.
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