A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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The first, shortest, and most approachable of James Joyce's novels, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man portrays the Dublin upbringing of Stephen Dedalus, from his youthful days at Clongowes Wood College to his radical questioning of all convention. In doing so, it provides an oblique self-portrait of the young Joyce himself. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, published for the novel's centennial, is the definitive text, authorized by the Joyce estate and collated from all known proofs, manuscripts, and impressions to reflect the author's original wishes.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
The story of the childhood and youth of an Irish poet-scholar, Stephen Dedalus, who questions his Catholic faith as he reaches manhood in turn-of-the century Dublin. Exuberantly inventive in style, the novel subtly and beautifully orchestrates the patterns of quotation and repetition instrumental in its hero's quest to create his own character, his own language, life, and art.
'One believes in Stephen Dedalus as one believes in few characters in fiction.' -- H. G. Wells
'[Mr. Joyce is] concerned at all costs to reveal the flickerings of that innermost flame which flashes its myriad message through the brain, he disregards with complete courage whatever seems to him adventitious, though it be probability or coherence or any other of the handrails to which we cling for support when we set our imaginations free.' -- Virginia Woolf
'[A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man will] remain a permanent part of English literature.' -- Ezra Pound
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Publication date4th August 2016
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PublisherPenguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
CategoriesClassic fiction (pre c 1945)
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