A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 12/06/2008
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Exploring the intellectual, moral and sexual coming-of-age of Stephen Dedalus, Joyce’s classic captures a young artist in search of himself amidst the deafening demands of his political, religious and cultural inheritance.

'Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo.'

So begins one of the most significant literary works of the twentieth century, and one of the most innovative. Its originality shocked contemporary readers on its publication in 1916 who found its treating of the minutiae of daily life indecorous, and its central character unappealing. Was it art or was it filth?

The novel charts the intellectual, moral, and sexual development of Stephen Dedalus, from his childhood listening to his father's stories through his schooldays and adolescence to the brink of adulthood and independence, and his awakening as an artist. Growing up in a Catholic family in Dublin in the final years of the nineteenth century, Stephen's consciousness is forged by Irish history and politics, by Catholicism and culture, language and art. Stephen's story mirrors that of Joyce himself, and the novel is both startlingly realistic and brilliantly crafted.

For this edition Jeri Johnson, editor of the acclaimed Ulysses 1922 text, has written an introduction and notes which together provide a comprehensive and illuminating appreciation of Joyce's artistry.

ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199536443
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 245 g
Dimensions: 196 x 129 x 16 mm


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“A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”

One of the most disorientating books I've ever read, A Portrait of the Artist is a classic because of that. Joyce's masterful use of stream-of-consciousness and his change in writing style to represent the... More

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