A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Works by James Joyce:

Collected Poems, Dubliners, Exiles (play), Finnegans Wake, Ulysses, Giacomo Joyce.

Excerpt from Portrait of the Artist: Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo… His father told that story: his father looked at him through a glass: he had a hairy face. He was baby tuckoo. The moocow came down the road where Betty Bryne lived: she sold lemon platt.

Like some of the best novels in the world it is the story of an education: it is by far the most living and convincing picture that exists of an Irish Catholic upbringing. It is a mosaic of jagged fragments that does altogether render with extreme completeness the growth of a rather secretive, imaginative boy in Dublin…One believes in Stephen Dedalus as one believes in few characters in fiction. H. G. Wells 1916

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