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Annotation author: Amanda Visconti
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Stephen Dedalus
Stephen Dedalus was the central character in an earlier book by James Joyce (his first novel, actually!), A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. In Portrait, Stephen follows a close parallel to Joyce's own youth. In Ulysses, Stephen still represents Joyce's youth, but it feels like Joyce has matured and distanced himself from Stephen since the previous novel and is now able treat the character more critically.