A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Paperback Wadsworth Collection

By (author) James Joyce, Introduction and notes by Jacqueline Belanger, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine

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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 110mm x 174mm x 20mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 1 August 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 1853260061
  • ISBN 13: 9781853260063
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 5,946

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man represents the transitional stage between the realism of Joyce's Dubliners and the symbolism of Ulysses, and is essential to the understanding of the later work. This novel is a highly autobiographical account of the adolescence of Stephen Dedalus, who reappears in Ulysses, and who comes to realize that before he can become a true artist, he must rid himself of the stultifying effects of the religion, politics and essential bigotry of his background in late 19th century Ireland.

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man portrays Stephen's Dublin childhood and youth and, in doing so, provides an oblique self-portrait of the young James Joyce. At its center are questions of origin and source, authority and authorship, and the relationship of an artist to his family, culture, and race. Exuberantly inventive in its 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".