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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Category: Book
Introduction By: Deane, Seamus
By (author): Joyce, James
Series: Penguin Classics
Subject:  FICTION / Classics
  FICTION / Coming of Age
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Published: March 2003
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.73in x 5.06in x 0.70in
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From The Publisher*James Joyce's coming-of-age story, a tour de force of style and technique

The first, shortest, and most approachable of James Joyce's novels, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man portrays the Dublin upbringing of Stephen Dedalus, from his youthful days at Clongowes Wood College to his radical questioning of all convention. In doing so, it provides an oblique self-portrait of the young Joyce himself. At its center lie questions of origin and source, authority and authorship, and the relationship of an artist to his family, culture, and race. Exuberantly inventive in 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."
 
This Penguin Classics edition is the definitive text, authorized by the Joyce estate and collated from all known proofs, manuscripts, and impressions to reflect the author's original wishes. 

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Review Quote*"A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is in fact the gestation of a soul."-Richard Ellmann

"One believes in Stephen Dedalus as one believes in few characters in fiction."-H. G. Wells

"[Mr. Joyce is] concerned at all costs to reveal the flickerings of that innermost flame which flashes its myriad message through the brain, he disregards with complete courage whatever seems to him adventitious, though it be probability or coherence or any other of the handrails to which we cling for support when we set our imaginations free."-Virginia Woolf

"[A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man will] remain a permanent part of English literature."-Ezra Pound

With an Introduction by Richard Brown
Biographical NoteJames Joyce (1882–1941), an Irish poet and novelist, was one of the most celebrated writers of the twentieth century. His works include UlyssesFinnegans Wake, and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

Seamus Deane, novelist and professor of modern English and American literature at University College, Dublin, has been a Fulbright Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and a visiting professor at several American universities.