The first novel by James Joyce, ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’, was published OTD in 1916. It traces the religious & intellectual awakening of young Stephen Dedalus, a fictional alter ego of Joyce & an allusion to Daedalus, the consummate craftsman of Greek mythology. Stephen questions & rebels against the Catholic & Irish conventions under which he has grown, culminating in his self-exile from Ireland to Europe.

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With an Introduction and Notes by Dr. Jacqueline Belanger, University of Cardiff. 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. Written with a light touch, this is perhaps the most accessible of Joyce’s works.

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