A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man

By James Joyce

This was the first novel I read at the age of seventeen. Here was a world I knew, but so transformed by language that I felt, for the first time, the astonishment and primacy of literature.
~ Edna O’Brien

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Publish Date: 1916

A fictionalised self-portrait of Joyce himself, the novel narrates Stephen Dedalus’s life from his childhood in Dublin through his search for identity and emancipation from family, religion, and country. A seminal work of modernist fiction, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man anticipates the narrative techniques and characters later found in Ulysses.