A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Author:James Joyce "Like some of the best novels in the world it is the story of an education: it is by far the most living and convincing picture that exists of an Irish Catholic upbringing. It is a mosaic of jagged fragments that does altogether render with extreme completeness the growth of a rather secretive, imaginative boy in Dublin... One believes in Stephe... more »n Dedalus as one believes in few characters in fiction." H.G. Wells, 1916
"So profound and beautiful and convincing a book is part of the lasting literature of our age... In it is the promise of that new literature, new both in form and content, that will be the classics of tomorrow." Herbert Gorman, 1928
"The wonder of Joyce's revolt is that it was so successful... It has made him the great literary rebel of our time. It has made this autobiographical-imaginitive record so mesmeric, so hypnotic a book that I can never speak of it to young readers without murmuring. Enter these enchanted woods ye who dare..." Sean O'Faolain
The text for this definitive edition has been prepared by CHESTER G. ANDERSON of Columbia University, and RICHARD ELLMANN, of Northwestern University, who is Joyce's biographer and the editor of Joyce's Letter.