Not the least vital of the problems which confront our country is the problem of her attitude towards those of her children who, having left her in her hour of need, have been called back to her now on the eve of her longawaited victory, to her whom in loneliness and exile they have at last learned to love. In exile, we have said, but here we must distinguish. There is an economic and there is a spiritual exile. There are those who left her to seek the bread by which men live and there are others, nay, her most favoured children, who left her to seek in other lands that food of the spirit by which a nation of human beings is sustained in life.
James Joyce (1882–1941), Irish author. Exiles, Act III, Exiles, introduction by Padraic Colum, Viking (1951).
This is an excerpt from Robert's newspaper article on the return of a famous Irish writer (the play's Richard Rowan). Its tone is intentionally denigrating, but it explains an aspect of Joyce's notion of the artist in exile.