The novel is a highly autobiographical account of the adolescence and the youth of Stephan Daedalus, who reappears in Ulysses, and who comes to realize that before he can become a true artist, he must rid himself of the stultifying effects of the religion, politics and essentialbigotry of this background in late 19th century Ireland. (on back)
"By far the most living and convincing picture that exists of an Irish Catholic upbringing. The technique is startling...A most memorable novel." H.G. Wells
An excellent orientation to Joyce's growth as an artist as seen through the eyes of the protagonist, Stephen Daedelus. If you want to tackel Joyce, doing it by reading this book is much easier than trying to do so with 'Ulysses'.
bought for a class in high school, good book.
"First published in 1916, [this book] is one of the masterpieces of modern fiction. James Joyce's semi-autobiographical first novel, this is the story of Stephen Dedalus, a sensitive and creative youth who rebels against his family, his education, and his country by committing himself to the artistic life. Joyce's brilliant rendering of the impressions and experiences of childhood broke new ground in the use of language and in the structure of the novel. As the coming-of-age story of an extraordinary young man, James Joyce's modern classic has become on of the 20th century's most popular works of fiction. As a bold literary experiment, it has had an important and lasting influence on the contemporary novel." -- back cover
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is Jame's Joyce semi-autobiographical novel. It is a coming-of-age tale.
James Joyce's classic story of Stephen Dedalus, an Irish Catholic youth who rebels against his family, education, and country in pursuit of the artistic life.
I personally have not read James Joyce: I always intended to but never got around to it.