Illustrated by Dodie Masterman
James Joyce's semi-autobiographical first novel, presented as part of the Folio Collectables range.
‘Stephen Dedalus is my name,
Ireland is my nation.
Clongowes is my dwellingplace
And heaven my expectation.’
Set at the end of the 19th century, during a time of bitter political feeling in Ireland, this is much more than the simple tale of an Irishman’s youth, from preparatory school to university; it is also the chronicle of a creative artist’s determination to escape the fetters of background and upbringing. The story of Stephen Dedalus, the young man torn between work and pleasure, church and freedom, is partially related in the organic stream-of-consciousness style that Joyce would come to be known for, allowing the reader almost to peer directly into the mind of Stephen and witness his awakening. His younger self is reactive, over-awed and confused by the disparate elements around him, while, as he grows older, his thoughts become increasingly worldly.
Essentially autobiographical, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man reveals all the latent talent, the subtle use of language and the wide range of learning that were later to come to full flower in Joyce’s strange masterpiece, Ulysses. This edition features eight black and white illustrations by celebrated artist Dodie Masterman, who captures the turbulent mood of Joyce’s work. The binding, produced as part of the Folio Collectables series, is blocked with an image of Stephen Dedalus and a bird in flight.
‘There is nothing more vivid or beautiful in all Joyce’s writing. It has the searing clarity of truth ... but is rich with myth and symbol’
James Joyce was born in Dublin in 1882. After graduating from University College Dublin in 1902, he moved to Paris, where he devoted himself to writing. Much of the rest of his life was spent living on the continent — in Paris, Trieste and Zurich — with his wife, Nora. His first published work was Chamber Music in 1907, a book of poems. This was followed by Dubliners (1914) and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916). International fame came with the publication in Paris of Ulysses in 1922. In the same year he began work on Finnegans Wake, which was finally published, after seventeen years of composition, in 1939. Joyce died in Zurich in 1941.
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