A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Penguin Classics)

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Trade Paperback, 329 pages
Penguin Books, 1992
First Penguin Classics Edition, First Printing

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce follows the development of Stephen Dedalus from his childhood to young adulthood. Set in Ireland, the novel explores Stephen's struggles with religion, nationality, and family as he grapples with his identity and artistic ambitions. Throughout the book, Stephen rebels against the constraints of his Catholic upbringing and traditional Irish society, seeking freedom and self-expression. Joyce's innovative narrative style, characterized by stream-of-consciousness and vivid imagery, captures Stephen's inner thoughts and experiences as he navigates the complexities of life and art. The novel is considered a seminal work of modernist literature for its exploration of individuality, creativity, and the search for meaning in a changing world.

Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Seamus Deane

Editorial Reviews

"[A] tour de force of modernist literature." —The New York Times

"'[A] timeless masterpiece that resonates with the universal struggles of self-discovery and creative expression." —The Guardian

About the Author

James Joyce (1882-1941) was an Irish modernist writer renowned for his groundbreaking contributions to literature. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Joyce is celebrated for his innovative narrative techniques and profound exploration of human consciousness. His seminal works, including Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake, revolutionized the literary landscape of the 20th century. Joyce's writing is characterized by its intricate wordplay, stream-of-consciousness narrative style, and richly layered symbolism, which delve into themes such as identity, religion, politics, and the complexities of Irish society. Despite facing censorship and controversy, Joyce's works continue to captivate readers worldwide, cementing his legacy as one of the most influential and visionary writers in literary history.