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"John Joyce was one of the most gifted reprobates in Ireland, and genius was part of his multifarious spawn." (p. 22)

"The sense of home life as a continual crisis, averted from disaster by pawn-broker, obliging friend, or sudden job, became fixed in James Joyce's mind." (p. 41)

"Before Ibsen's letter Joyce was an Irishman; after it he was a European." (p. 75)

"How the human spirit might subsist while engaged in its affirmations was his next problem." (p. 97)

"Paris was Dublin's antithesis." (p. 111)

"To his Aunt Josephine Murray he confided, 'I want to be famous while I am alive.'" (p. 142)

"It was this beginning [with Nora] that gave June 16 its talismanic importance for Joyce. The experience of love was almost new to him in fact, though he had often considered it in imagination." (p. 155)

"Trieste resembled Dublin, too, in its Irredentist movement; the similarity here was so striking that Joyce found he could interest his Italian friends in Irish political parallels, though no doubt he would have compelled them to listen in any case." (p. 196)

"Here, in Chaplinesque caricature, are most of Joyce's central preoccupations: his financial need, his family, his country, his irreligion, his love of literature." (p. 218)

"The first stage of Joyce's exile, the most bitter, had ended in Rome, when he succumbed to a mood of tenderness in planning 'The Dead.'" (p. 338)

"Joyce's difficulties were not over; his temperament, as much as his circumstances, prevented their ever being so. But for several years to come they were largely of his own making." (p. 406)

"In all his books up to Finnegan's Wake, Joyce sought to reveal the coincidence of the present with the past." (p. 551)

"In his earlier books Joyce forced modern literature to accept new styles, new subject matter, new kinds of plot and characterization. In his last book he forced it to accept a new area of being and a new language." (p. 717)

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