"Araby" is a short story by James Joyce published in his collection Dubliners. It centers on an Irish adolescent emerging from boyhood fantasies into the harsh realities of everyday life. Joyce based this coming-of-age tale on his own experiences while growing up in Dublin.
James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish expatriate author of the 20th century. He is best known for his landmark novel Ulysses, as well as the short story collection Dubliners and the semi-autobiographical novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
Although he spent most of his adult life outside Ireland, Joyce's psychological and fictional universe is firmly rooted in his native Dublin, the city which provides the settings and much of the subject matter for all his fiction.