Joyce first encountered the figure of Odysseus/Ulysses in Charles Lamb's Adventures of Ulyssesβ€”an adaptation of the Odyssey for children, which seemed to establish the Roman name in Joyce's mind. At school he wrote an essay on the character, entitled "My Favourite Hero".[8][9] Joyce told Frank Budgen that he considered Ulysses the only all-round character in literature.[10] He thought about calling his short-story collection Dubliners by the name Ulysses in Dublin,[11] but the idea grew from a story in Dubliners in 1906, to a "short book" in 1907,[12] to the vast novel that he began in 1914.

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