A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man

A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man

Book - 1996
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Random House, Inc.
Published in 1916 to immediate acclaim, James Joyce's semi-autobiographical tale of his alterego, Stephen Dedalus, is a coming-of-age story like no other. A bold, innovative experiment with both language and structure, the work has exerted a lasting influence on the contemporary novel.

Baker & Taylor
Portrays a young Irish Catholic's family experiences, political views, and poetic aspirations

Blackwell North Amer
Published in 1916, James Joyce's semiautobiographical tale of his alter ego, Stephen Dedalus, is a coming-of-age story like no other. A bold, innovative experiment with both language and structure, the work has exerted a lasting influence on the contemporary novel.
"Joyce dissolved mechanism in literature as effectively as Einstein destroyed it in physics," wrote Alfred Kazin. "He showed that the material of fiction could rest upon as tense a distribution and as delicate a balance of its parts as any poem. Joyce's passion for form, in fact, is the secret of his progress as a novelist. He sought to bring the largest possible quantity of human life under the discipline of the observing mind, and the mark of his success is that he gave an epic form to what remains invisible to most novelists...Joyce means many things to different people; for me his importance has always been primarily a moral one. He was perhaps, the last man in Europe who wrote as if art were worth a human life...By living for his art he may yet have given others a belief in art worth living for."

Publisher: New York : Modern Library, Random House (distr.), 1996, c1992
ISBN: 9780679602323
0679602321
9780553214048
0553214047
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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