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    Question Silence, exile and cunning: James Joyce, a biography?

    Hello,

    I wonder if somebody can recommend a biography of James Joyce. Not long ago I remembered Joyce’s often quoted sentence about “silence, exile and cunning”; I’d like to read a book that explores the relationship between Joyce’s upbringing in Ireland and his reaction against it, both through his actions (“expatriation" is the obvious answer) and through his art. Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance.

    Oudis

    (The quotation -from “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”- is: «“You have asked me what I would do and what I would not do. I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can, and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use . . . silence, exile, and cunning»)

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    can't beat Elleman's biography.

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