A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is the first novel written by Irish author James Joyce. It was published on December 29th, 1916 by B.W. Huebsch and and was approximately 299 pages in length.
Dewey Decimal: 823.912
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was written in English and set in Dublin and Clongowes Wood College in the 1890s. The back cover synopsis of the novel reads as follows:
" 'It is Stephen Dedalus's declared ambition "to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use - silence, exile and cunning.'
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man portrays Stephen's Dublin childhood and youth and, in dooing so, provides an oblique self-portrait of the young James Joyce. At its center are questions of origin and source, authority and authoriship, 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 characer, his own language, life, and art: 'to forge the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.'"
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