A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man
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... show more
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.
Publish date: December 5th 1999
Publisher: Wordsworth Classics
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Read For School
, Classic Literature
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Irish Literature
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I felt a little lost at some points during this one. Parts of it seem a little disjointed, mostly near the start of the book. Maybe I just misunderstood somehow, but Stephan is younger at first then he is during the later part of the book (ten vs sixteen or older - the first age is a guess). It seem...
Well, here is a portrait of an artist as a young man: though I am not sure if that is the type of artist that Joyce was referring to when he wrote this book, so maybe this one would be a little better: yet considering that this book is semi-autobiographical maybe, just maybe, this woul...
I understand this is regarded as "great", but I struggled. Just completely impossible to connect to. The lack of plot didn't help. The vivid hell section redeemed it for me, somewhat, but I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. At times it felt tortuous. It certainly has put me off attempting Ulysses a...
Closer to a 1.75 Stars to be honest.James Joyce, I heard you hated this so much that you actually threw the original draft into the fire. My response: perhaps it should have stayed there. But regardless I did enjoy various parts, such as the descriptions of characters and the beach part (now that wa...