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

Author: Joyce, James

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Publisher Bibliobazaar
Mfg Part# 9781434679697
SKU 206915047
Format Paperback Large Print
ISBN10 1434679691
Release Date 2/12/2008
Author Info
James Joyce
During Joyce's growing-up years, his family progressed from middle-class gentility to shabbiness, moving all over the city of Dublin to a series of increasingly rundown houses. He was raised in a repressively Catholic and Philistine atmosphere, attending Jesuit institutions, but by age 16 he was beginning to question Catholicism and to see himself as a writer who would need to transcend his heritage. In 1902 he received a B.A. from University College in Dublin, in modern languages. At that point, he left for Paris, knowing instinctively that in order to write objectively about his homeland he would have to live in exile. After a brief return to Ireland, he settled permanently on the continent in 1904 with Nora Barnacle, an uneducated Dublin girl he called his "portable Ireland." (Nora used to ask him, "Why don't you write books people can read?") The couple lived in Trieste, where Joyce taught English and wrote many of his major works, from 1904 until 1915. Eventually, they settled in Paris, remaining until 1940 (finally marrying in 1931 and producing two children) when they were forced by wartime necessity to evacuate to Switzerland, where Joyce died soon after. Joyce was never financially solvent and relied on the assistance of patrons who believed in his genius. He lived as an expatriate for most of his life, but wrote only about his native city, making Dublin a microcosm of all human experience. In the year 2000, Joyce's handwritten draft of the "Circe" chapter from ULYSSES sold at auction for $1.54 million--an ironic coda to the life of a writer who was perennially short of cash.
During James Joyce's growing-up years in Dublin, his family progressed from middle-class gentility to shabbiness as Joyce's profligate father failed at a series of jobs and business ventures and his mother underwent 16 pregnancies, producing a brood of 10 surviving children. His parents were both talented musicians, and Joyce, himself a gifted singer, remained deeply involved with music all his life. While acknowledging that he received a solid classical education at Jesuit schools, Joyce called the Jesuits "a heartless order," and by age 16 he was beginning to question the narrowness of Catholicism and to see himself as a writer who would need to transcend his repressive heritage. In 1902 he received a B.A. from University College in Dublin, in modern languages. At that point, he left for Paris, knowing instinctively that Ireland would be his subject matter but that, in order to write objectively about his homeland, he would have to live in exile. After a few brief visits to Ireland, he returned permanently to the continent in 1904 with Nora Barnacle, an uneducated Dublin girl he called his "portable Ireland." (Nora used to ask him, "Why don't you write books people can read?") The couple lived in Trieste, where Joyce taught English and wrote many of his major works, from 1904 until 1915. Eventually, they settled in Paris, remaining until 1940 (finally marrying in 1931 and producing two children), when they were forced by wartime necessity to evacuate to Switzerland. Joyce died there soon after, after an operation for a perforated ulcer. He was not quite 50 years old. Joyce was never financially solvent and relied on the assistance of patrons who believed in his genius. He was an expatriate most of his life, but as a writer he remained obsessed with Dublin, making the city a microcosm of all human experience. In the year 2000, Joyce's handwritten draft of the "Circe" chapter from ULYSSES sold at auction for $1.54 million--an ironic coda to the life of a writer who was perennially short of cash.
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"Mr. Joyce...presents his people swiftly and vividly, he does not sentimentalise over them, he does not weave convolutions. He is a realist. He gives the thing as it is.
"'A Portrait of the Artist as Young Man' is in fact the gestation of a soul."
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First Line 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 His father told him that story: his father looked at him through a glass: he had a hairy face.
Annotation Joyce's bildüngsroman--his first novel--traces the development of Stephen Daedalus, Joyce's alter ego. In order to pursue his artistic calling, Stephen, like Joyce, must reject his family, religion, and native land. At the end of the novel, Stephen is about to forsake Dublin for Paris. Joyce, in A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST, was an early practitioner of the stream-of-consciousness technique, by means of which Stephen's interior life and growing self-awareness are rendered directly, so that the reader has access not only to his conscious thoughts but to his unconscious as well.
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Book Format Large Print Paperback
Number of Pages 0260
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