A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Penguin Classics)
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James Joyce's coming-of-age story, a tour de force of style and technique
The first, shortest, and most approachable of James Joyce’s novels, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man portrays the Dublin upbringing of Stephen Dedalus, from his youthful days at Clongowes Wood College to his radical questioning of all convention. In doing so, it provides an oblique self-portrait of the young Joyce himself. At its center lie questions of origin and source, authority and authorship, and the relationship of an artist to his family, culture, and race. Exuberantly inventive in style, the novel subtly and beautifully orchestrates the patterns of quotation and repetition instrumental in its hero’s quest to create his own character, his own language, life, and art: “to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.”
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revolt. He had his grand manner on. I supple and suave. Attacked me on the score of love for one’s mother. Tried to imagine his mother: cannot. Told me once, in a moment of thoughtlessness, his father was sixty-one when he was born. Can see him. Strong farmer type. Pepper and salt suit. Square feet. Unkempt grizzled beard. Probably attends coursingmatches. Pays his dues regularly but not plentifully to Father Dwyer of Larras. Sometimes talks to girls after nightfall. But his mother? Very young or
Alphonsus Liguori (1696–1787), founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (‘Redemptorists’, 1732), a missionary order. Liguori does quote the passages extracted here from the Song of Solomon (or in the Douay, Canticle of Canticles). 128.14 foxpapered: pages that have been discoloured with brownish marks are said to be ‘foxed’. 128.17 canticles: see 128.13–14 n. 128.18–22 telling her names … commorabitur: cf. Joyce’s ‘epiphany’, no. 24 (PSW 184). 128.19 bidding her arise as
towards the centre of Dublin from the Grand Canal. 177.3–5 Griffin was plucked … the Indian: Griffin failed at the civil service exams; Halpin and O’Flynn passed the exams for places in the civil service within the United Kingdom; Moonan ranked very highly in the exams for a place within the British administration in India; O’Shaughnessy did well in the same. 177.6 Irish fellows: if ‘nationalists’ is meant, odd that they should be celebrating the success of Irish men in the British civil
ripped the green velvet back off the brush that was for Parnell one day with her scissors and had told him that Parnell was a bad man. He wondered if they were arguing at home about that. That was called politics. There were two sides in it: Dante was on one side and his father and Mr Casey were on the other side but his mother and uncle Charles were on no side. Every day there was something in the paper about it. It pained him that he did not know well what politics meant and that he did not
air which hung in the bath in Clongowes above the sluggish turfcoloured water. Some instinct, waking at these memories, stronger than education or piety, quickened within him at every near approach to that life, an instinct subtle and hostile, and armed him against acquiescence. The chill and order of the life repelled him. He saw himself rising in the cold of the morning and filing down with the others to early mass and trying vainly to struggle with his prayers against the fainting sickness of