Joyce wrote the first draft of a work he called "Stephen Hero" between 1901 and 1906, but was dissatisfied and later rewrote and developed it. He partially destroyed this version in a fit of rage when it was turned down by a publisher, and again rewrote the work in the form in which it was finally published in 1916 as "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man."
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