A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Signet Classics (Paperback)
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Signet Classics (Paperback)

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A masterpiece of modern fiction, James Joyce's semiautobiographical first novel follows Stephen Dedalus, a sensitive and creative youth who rebels against his family, his education, and his country by committing himself to the artist's life.

"I will not serve," vows Dedalus, "that in which I no longer believe...and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can." Likening himself to God, Dedalus notes that the artist "remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails." Joyce's rendering of the impressions of childhood broke ground in the use of language. "He took on the almost infinite English language," Jorge Luis Borges said once. "He wrote in a language invented by himself....Joyce brought a new music to English." A bold literary experiment, this classic has had a huge and lasting influence on the contemporary novel.

With an Introduction by Langdon Hammer

Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
ISBN: 9780451530158
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 122 g
Dimensions: 174 x 108 x 19 mm


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"Joyce's work is not about the thing--it is the thing itself."--Samuel Beckett

"Admirable."--Jorge Luis Borges

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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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