A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man

A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man

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Perhaps Joyce's most personal work, A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man depicts the intellectual awakening of one of literature's most memorable young heroes, Stephen Dedalus.  Through a series of brilliant epiphanies that parallel the development of his own aesthetic consciousness, Joyce evokes Stephen's youth, from his impressionable years as the youngest student at the Clongowed Wood school to the deep religious conflict he experiences at a day school in Dublin, and finally to his college studies where he challenges the conventions of his upbringing and his understanding of faith and intellectual freedom.  James Joyce's highly autobiographical novel was first published in the United States in 1916 to immediate acclaim.  Ezra Pound accurately predicted that Joyce's book would "remain a permanent part of English literature," while H.G. Wells dubbed it "by far the most important living and convincing picture that exists of an Irish Catholic upbringing."  A remarkably rich study of a developing young mind, A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man made an indelible mark on literature and confirmed Joyce's reputation as one of the world's greatest and lasting writers.

Baker & Taylor
The classic novel follows Stephen Dedalus from his days as a student at the Clongowes Wood School, to the deep religious conflict he experiences at a day school in Dublin, to his college years during which he challenges the conventions of his upbringing. Reissue.

Baker
& Taylor

The classic novel follows Stephen Dedalus from his days as a student at the Clongowes Wood School, to the deep religious conflict he experiences at a day school in Dublin, to his college years during which he challenges the conventions of his upbringing

Publisher: New York : Modern Library, Random House (distr.), 1996, c1992
ISBN: 9780553214048
0553214047
9780679602323
0679602321
Branch Call Number: F JOY
Characteristics: 347 p. : 19 cm

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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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