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Did he then love the rhythmic rise and fall of words better than their associations of legend and colour? Or was it that, being as weak of sight as he was shy of mind, he drew less pleasure from the reflection of the glowing sensible world through the prison of a language many coloured and richly storied than from the contemplation of an inner world of individual emotions mirrored perfectly in a lucid supple periodic prose?

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The soul is born, he said vaguely, first in those moments I told you of. It has a slow and dark birth, more mysterious than the birth of the body. When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flowing at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion. I shall try to fly from those nets.

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

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Selections of this book are now available on the web.
James Joyce Home Page
International James Joyce Foundation
IQ Infinity: The Unknown James Joyce
James Joyce: A Web Page by Charles Cave


Joyce has had such a profound influence on the twentieth century that selecting specific cross-references is an endeavour fraught with errors of omission. Of note, however, is John Cage, who composed a number of works inspired by Joyce.

C.G. Jung wrote an analysis of Joyce's Ulysses from the perspective of analytical psychology. Jung found the analysis of this book to be one of the most difficult projects he had ever undertaken.