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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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In 1916, at the age of thirty-two, James Joyce published the semi-autobiographical novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. The work would establish Joyce as a leader in the movement know as literary modernism. It is set in late 19th century Ireland, and features the education of a young man, Stephen Dedalus, Joyce's alter ego. His education is not only scholarly, but an intellectual, emotional and moral formation as he sheds himself of his Roman Catholic roots and develops as a writer.

A Portrait of the Artist is not a breezy read. There's not a whole lot of action either - it's almost all an introspective, impressionistic meandering of a budding author. The plot line and prose can be difficult, which will require a closer reading. That said, this is a cornerstone of literature for its description of a once innocent young boy who grows dissatisfied with the world, and grows at odds with himself philosophically and psychologically. Journey through Joyce's head as a young man as his Dadalus overturns nearly every facet of his life: religion, class, his education, and morality.

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David Allen

August 31, 2013

I am a Dubliner same as Joyce was and I first read this book when I was 17. I loved it then and after living in the UK for 43 years I still love it. It is a poem to childhood and youth and to Joyce's native city.


Jacinta O'Driscoll

May 09, 2012

love this book so full of imagery as well as story