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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Seamus Deane, James Joyce I read this before my Goodreads.com days as one of the books discussed by the book group Great Books KC. This short review from PageADay's Book Lover's Calendar for 3/18/13 reminded me of it:

Arguably Ireland’s most well-regarded literary son, James Joyce wasn’t always an optimistic fellow, but he told a cracking good story. This is his first novel, which introduces us to Stephen Dedalus, who returns in Joyce’s novel Ulysses. This book laces together scenes from an Irish upbringing that closely hew to the author’s own, and reveals in poignant and mordantly funny detail Joyce’s conflicted feelings about Ireland, Catholic guilt, and the myriad ties that bind.
A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN, by James Joyce (1916; Penguin Modern Classics, 2003)