James Joyce was born in Dublin in 1882 to a downwardly-mobile middle class family. He was educated at the Jesuit Clongowes Wood College before he went to University College, Dublin. It was here that he began writing. In 1902 he went to Paris where he remained for a year, returning home only to see his dying mother. He left again soon after her death and spent the rest of his life abroad.
Joyce published Dubliners in 1914 and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man two years later. But his most famous works are Ulysses, published in 1922, and Finnegans Wake, completed in 1939, two years before his death.
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