A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man

A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man

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James Joyce's coming-of-age story, a tour de force of style and technique

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. At its center lie questions of origin and source, authority and authorship, and the relationship of an artist to his family, culture, and race. 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: "to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race."

This Penguin Classics edition 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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin, 2003, c1992
ISBN: 9780142437346
0142437344
Branch Call Number: JOYCE J
PR6019.O9 P63 2003x
Characteristics: xlii, 329 p., ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Deane, Seamus 1940-

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LaPhenixa
Nov 22, 2013

I survived! Wow! This study of an Irish Catholic boy on his journey to becoming an artist was hard to get through. The style and themes were interesting, but the religious bits, particularly the struggle over his soul's salvation made me feel like I was walking backwards waist deep through mud. I was clearly unprepared for this particular piece of literature, but am grateful, regardless, that I was able to muddle through it.

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bluemerlecollie
Jun 19, 2012

Been there. Done that. To quote the Grateful Dead, "What a long, strange trip it's been".

dulynoted Jan 19, 2012

I very much enjoyed this, although I found that many passages from the last section of the book escaped me. But certainly a worthwhile read.

Algonquin_Lisa Mar 14, 2011

A much more accessible work for someone who wants to try reading Joyce. Definitely easier than Ulysses! Prose is gorgeous, well worth any effort it takes to get through it.

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Dec 11, 2014

You made me confess the fears that I have. But I will tell you also what I do not fear. I do not fear to be alone or to be spurned for another or to leave whatever I have to leave. And I am not afraid to make a mistake, even a great mistake, a lifelong mistake and perhaps as long as eternity too.

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