Quotation by James Joyce

My intention was to write a chapter of the moral history of my country and I chose Dublin for the scene because that city seemed to me the centre of paralysis. I have tried to present it to the indifferent public under four of its aspects: childhood, adolescence, maturity and public life. The stories are arranged in this order. I have written it for the most part in a style of scrupulous meanness and with the conviction that he is a very bold man who dares to alter in the presentment, still more to deform, whatever he has seen and heard.
James Joyce (1882–1941), Irish author. Letter, May 5, 1906, to Grant Richards, prospective publisher of Dubliners. Selected Letters of James Joyce, ed. Richard Ellmann, Viking (1975).

Joyce explains the subject of his stories, their format, their style, and the necessity of not submitting them to censorship.
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