A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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 edition, published for the novel’s centennial, is the definitive text, authorized by Joyce estate and collated from all known proofs, manuscripts, and impressions to reflect the author’s original wishes.

About The Author

James Joyce was born in Dublin on February 2, 1882. He was the oldest of ten children in a family that, after brief prosperity, collapsed into poverty. In 1902, following his graduation from University College, Dublin, he went to Paris, where he devoted himself to writing poems and prose sketches, and to formulating an ‘aesthetic system’. recalled to Dublin in April 1903 because of the fatal illness of his mother, he met a young woman from Galway, Nora Barnacle, and persuaded her to go with him to the Continent, where they finally settled, in trieste, in 1905. They had two children, a son, Giorgio, and a daughter,Lucia. Joyce’s first book, the poems of Chamber Music, was published in London in 1907, followed by Dubliners (1914), A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), and Exiles, a play (1918). In 1920, Joyce moved to fame, in 1922. His final book, Finnegans Wake, was published in 1939. After the outbreak of World War II, Joyce moved back to Zurich, where he lived during World War I. He died there on January 13, 1941.

Karl Ove Knausgaard is the author of the New York Times bestselling six volume autobiographical novel My Struggle, a global literary phenomenon that has won numerous international literary awards and has been translated into more than twenty five languages. He was born in 1968 in Oslo, Norway, and now lives in Sweden.

Seamus Deane, professor of English and the Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Royal Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and the general editor of the works of James Joyce for Penguin Classics.

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