A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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Oxford University Press, 2000 - Fiction - 289 pages
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'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 orwas 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.

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Amazing style and prose, as well as substance. - Goodreads
He is not easy to read. - Goodreads
He's a great writer. - Goodreads
Good portrayal of what Catholic indoctrination does. - Goodreads
The writing was amazing. - Goodreads
It works better as poetry and not prose. - Goodreads

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Vintage Joyce...always an experience to remember. Read full review

Review: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Text, Criticism & Notes (Viking Critical Library)

User Review  - Heath - Goodreads

Another book I haven't read cover-to-cover since high school. Happily straightforward compared to Ulysses, but with enough early SOC to make it enjoyable. The sections on SD's decline into sin and repentance seemed much more important this time, and his subtle sneers clearer. Read full review

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Jeri Johnson is at Exeter College, Oxford.

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