A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce Langdon Hammer, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man A masterpiece of modern fiction James Joyce s semiautobiographical first novel follows Stephen Dedalus a sensitive and creative youth who rebels against his family his education and his country by
  • Title: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Author: James Joyce Langdon Hammer
  • ISBN: 9780451530158
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  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce Langdon Hammer, A masterpiece of modern fiction, James Joyce s semiautobiographical first novel follows Stephen Dedalus, a sensitive and creative youth who rebels against his family, his education, and his country by committing himself to the artist s life I will not serve, vows Dedalus, that in which I no longer believed I will try to express myself in some mode of life or artA masterpiece of modern fiction, James Joyce s semiautobiographical first novel follows Stephen Dedalus, a sensitive and creative youth who rebels against his family, his education, and his country by committing himself to the artist s life I will not serve, vows Dedalus, that in which I no longer believed I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can To Dedalus, the artist is like God one who remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails Joyce s rendering of the impressions of childhood broke ground in the use of language He took on the almost infinite English language, Jorge Luis Borges once said He wrote in a language invented by himself.Joyce brought a new music to English A bold literary experiment, this classic has had a huge and lasting influence on the contemporary novel.
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      James Joyce, Irish novelist, noted for his experimental use of language in such works as Ulysses 1922 and Finnegans Wake 1939 Joyce s technical innovations in the art of the novel include an extensive use of interior monologue he used a complex network of symbolic parallels drawn from the mythology, history, and literature, and created a unique language of invented words, puns, and allusions James Joyce was born in Dublin, on February 2, 1882, as the son of John Stanislaus Joyce, an impoverished gentleman, who had failed in a distillery business and tried all kinds of professions, including politics and tax collecting Joyce s mother, Mary Jane Murray, was ten years younger than her husband She was an accomplished pianist, whose life was dominated by the Roman Catholic Church In spite of their poverty, the family struggled to maintain a solid middle class facade.From the age of six Joyce, was educated by Jesuits at Clongowes Wood College, at Clane, and then at Belvedere College in Dublin 1893 97 In 1898 he entered the University College, Dublin Joyce s first publication was an essay on Ibsen s play When We Dead Awaken It appeared in the Fortnightly Review in 1900 At this time he also began writing lyric poems.After graduation in 1902 the twenty year old Joyce went to Paris, where he worked as a journalist, teacher and in other occupations under difficult financial conditions He spent a year in France, returning when a telegram arrived saying his mother was dying Not long after her death, Joyce was traveling again He left Dublin in 1904 with Nora Barnacle, a chambermaid who he married in 1931 Joyce published Dubliners in 1914, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man in 1916, a play Exiles in 1918 and Ulysses in 1922 In 1907 Joyce had published a collection of poems, Chamber Music.At the outset of the First World War, Joyce moved with his family to Z rich In Z rich Joyce started to develop the early chapters of Ulysses, which was first published in France because of censorship troubles in the Great Britain and the United States, where the book became legally available only in 1933 In March 1923 Joyce started in Paris his second major work, Finnegans Wake, suffering at the same time chronic eye troubles caused by glaucoma The first segment of the novel appeared in Ford Madox Ford s transatlantic review in April 1924, as part of what Joyce called Work in Progress The final version was published in 1939.Some critics considered the work a masterpiece, though many readers found it incomprehensible After the fall of France in WWII, Joyce returned to Z rich, where he died on January 13, 1941, still disappointed with the reception of Finnegans Wake.

    244 thoughts on “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”


    1. His soul was swooning into some new world, fantastic, dim, uncertain as under sea, traversed by cloudy shapes and beings A world, a glimmer or a flower Glimmering and trembling, trembling and unfolding, a breaking light, an opening flower, it spread in endless succession to itself, breaking in full crimson and unfolding and fading to palest rose, leaf by leaf and wave of light by wave of light, flooding all the heavens with its soft flushes, every flush deeper than the other Thus awareness is bo [...]


    2. Et ignotas animum dimittit in artes And he sets his mind to unknown arts Ovid MetamorphosesThe above mentioned quote from Ovid, which appears at the start of the work, best describes the conclusion of a journey of an artist through his self, trying to come up with things that matter most, while still trying to discern his place in this world I still remember the day, when as a teenager, ready to explore the world around me, I, once looked up in the sky, which was sunny and inspiring, and said I [...]


    3. I read this back in high school and a few times since and it blew my mind The textual maturity grows as Stephen Daedalus grows and it is absolutely captivating The scene where his knuckles are beaten in class thank goodness we have moved beyond corporal punishment in schools for the most part was so real that my hands ached You of course see Stephen Daedalus again in Stephen Hero as well as Ulysses.A must read.


    4. And there he was following the alleys, away from his original filial shell, searching where the way would take him, and there were icons on the walls Icons of guilt, icons of duty Some promised a reality beyond those grey walls announcing that there would be light but still imagined Some pretended a glorious past and a glorious and heroic future for the community an imaginary polity Captivating nets of restricting nationalism, coined discourses and gelled devotions He took the turn of one of th [...]


    5. Forget The Perks of Being an Insufferable Wimp forget the hollow, hipster plasticity of Holden Cauliflower and his phony attempts at wry observations on adolescence forget that clumsy excuse of an experimental storyteller that is Jonathan Safran Foer, aka Meat is Murder Johnny, with his nauseating, gee I guess our hearts really are just too big to fit into one sentence after all mentality forget all that useless bullshit, if, like me, you can pick up James Joyce s The Portrait of an Artist as a [...]


    6. This book is a very dry, written version of the Dead Poet s Society without Robin Williams I was already grateful to Whoopi Goldberg this week for her reasonable comments about the most recent Sarah Palin ridiculousness, so I feel kind of bitter at having to be grateful for the other half of that daring duo I had sworn them as my nemeses minor nemeses, yes, of nowhere near the caliber of Charlie Kaufman, David Lynch, or Harold Bloom, but nemeses nonetheless Now, I find myself thinking, It s a go [...]


    7. Words, art, lifeLife, art, wordsBEAUTIFUL James Joyce, what a masterful writer This book is insightful, poetic, artistic and profound It is , if I may say so, a tour de force of wisdom and language I will try to make this review not ridiculously long, but as you can imagine, when a book is this good, there is no way you can write a short review and be satisfied So let s take a look at Joyce s brilliance,1.Language Joyce s language is fresh and unique, his techniques and style a touch of sheer ge [...]


    8. 736 A Portrait of The Artist As A Young Man, James Joyce 1882 1941 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is the first novel by Irish writer James Joyce It traces the religious and intellectual awakening of young Stephen Dedalus, a fictional alter ego of Joyce and an allusion to Daedalus, the consummate craftsman of Greek mythology Stephen questions and rebels against the Catholic and Irish conventions under which he has grown, culminating in his self exile from Ireland to Europe The work uses [...]


    9. He longed to let life stream in through the windows of his mind in all its sordid and colorful glory so that he could sift through the layers of feeling, impulse and meaning and find what his restless soul craved for that shred of truth too primevally pristine for anyone to begrime But the world intruded rudely upon his solemn preoccupations, planted seeds of insidious doubt wherever it could find the soft, yielding ground of inchoate perceptions His oppressors were many and unapprehended the cr [...]


    10. Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed A yellow dressinggown, ungirdled, was sustained gently behind him on the mild morning air He held the bowl aloft and intoned Introibo ad altare Dei Scratch that.At the last minute, before witnessing Buck Mulligan mocking one of church s most important celebratory traditions and embarking on my odyssey with Ulysses, I decided to take the time to get acquainted with Stephen Deda [...]


    11. APRIL 19 Evening Alright This is insane It has been almost eighteen, 18 has impact hours since I sat down to scribble something about what is going on in my mind but the right words are still elusive And this eluding is colluding my mind no bounds No, I did not mean to create any sense of rhythmic rhyme here Because life is no rhyme And far from rhythmic It is a battle fierce, dark, compounded with many elements and munitions and machineries and what not It is a forever raging battle where I al [...]


    12. Con el correr del tiempo y de las lecturas de sus libros, James Joyce se ha transformado en un escritor realmente interesante para m Su maestr a literaria y su genialidad narrativa lo transforman en un artista todo terreno Adem s de Dublineses , libro que pienso releer pronto, de Ulises que mi gran desaf o literario cumplido el a o pasado y del que leer este a o, me refiero al Finnegan s Wake y este libro que pasa a formar parte de aquellas novelas que leo con tranquilidad, dej ndome llevar por [...]



    13. CELEBRITY DEATH MATCH STEPHEN DEDALUS VS HOLDEN CAULFIELD Note this is not part of the current ongoing Celebrity Death Match series organised by Manny but I thought I would revive it as a companion piece BUCK MULLIGAN Come on, kinch, you fearful jesuit I ve got a tenner on this so I have so get in that square ring and batter this lollybogger senselessEPHEN Pro quibus tibi off rimus, vel qui tibi fferunt hoc sacrif cium laudis.BUCK MULLIGAN Give us a rest of your gobshite and pannel the wee dodge [...]


    14. First off, I have too many shelves, so Joyce must sit on the lit british shelf, spinning him in his grave no doubt No longer now an Irish shelf I read the book first in college not for a course , then a second time a couple years ago The 40 year gap provided an interesting test as to what would seem familiar and what wouldn t I barely recognized the earlier parts of the novel, recollection not very detailed as I progressed Finally I reached the end, and was shocked as I read the last two paragr [...]


    15. Joyce is brilliant And he knows it And he loathes it Forget the complexity of his prose see Ulysses and Finnegan s Wake for the really outlandish bits Forget his literary stature Forget his Ireland and his guilt and his Christ Portrait provides the reader with a character with such depth and realism that I almost can t stop crapping my pants thinking about it His approach in crafting Stephen Dedalus and, thus, himself is profound, and Joyce would be legend by this invention alone The best bildun [...]




    16. We can readA Portrait of the Artist As a Young Manas a prequel to Ulyssess but if we reject for a while first associations then what s left An intimate, inner portrait of a young man who attempts to define himself as a man and an artist If we read it this way then it is simply an universal story about the torments of adolescence and search for his own identity, his own voice Stephen Dedalus, overwhelmed by Irish God and Homeland tradition, is suffocating by provincionalism of late 19th century I [...]


    17. An semi autobiographic novel, featuring a fictionalized character as Joyce s alter ego, it traces his formative childhood years that led him ambivalently away from a vocation in the clergy and into that of literature There are sections which appealed to me a priestly sermon on the damnation of ones soul into hell is particularly vivid , but by and large the plot line was too disjointed for me to engage with Uncertain of exactly where I had been or what path the novel was taking me, I found mysel [...]



    18. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman Already in the preface to Richard Wagner it is asserted that art and not morality is the true metaphysical activity of man several times in the book itself the provocative sentence recurs that the existence of the world is justified gerechtfertigt only as an aesthetic phenomenon Friedrich Nietzsche, The Birth of TragedyThe moon has been sighted, the siren is sounding through the air and Eid celebrations have begun here where I sit writing The holy month [...]


    19. Oh my god guys JOYCE This is genuinely one of the best books I ve read so far this year Not really a plot driven novel but a character study of the young Stephen Dedalus and his journey through his teen years While some aspects of this novel may be difficult to understand if you don t have just a little knowledge of Irish history names like Charles Stewart Parnell, Michael Davitt, and Wolfe Tone are mentioned quite a lot , I feel like that doesn t effect the enjoyment you can get from this nove [...]


    20. Unlike Ulysses, which I have tried to read too many times to count the furthest I made it was halfway , I have read Portrait twice once in my twenties, and again a few years ago Although I found the religious sections a bit tedious, I was pleased to discover that my appreciation for the rest of Joyce s portrayal has increased considerably over the years.


    21. My college English professor was a huge fan of Greek mythology So imagine his delight at dissecting the mind of Dedulus, an illusion to the Greek craftsman, Daedulus I didn t fully understand Stephen Dedulus then, and I m still unsure how much I understand him now Come to think of it, can we ever fully grasp the method of James Joyce, this singular author who has managed to create masterpieces of all his novels Do most of us even truly understand James Joyce s prose, or is it the pressure of gee [...]



    22. Birds in Flight For ages, men have gazed upward as they ve been gazing at birds in flight Not surprisingly for a novel whose principal character is Dedalus , its core theme is flight, in two senses departure or escape from captivity and ascent if not ascension When we meet Stephen Dedalus, he is an infant, a baby tuckoo , a bird whose wings have not yet grown or become functional Over the course of five chapters, we witness him flee family, church, politics, country and pedestrian life, in favou [...]


    23. Ars longa, vita brevis Art is long, life is short Joyce s 1916 autobiographical novel follows the Irish Catholic youth Stephen Dedalus, as he develops from boyhood, plans to enter the priesthood, and, as a young man who rebels against his family and his church, planning to travel to Paris where, he vows, he will encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race, as an artist, or priest of the eternal imagination T [...]


    24. First thoughts Novel executed in the fine tradition of the autobiographical novels of the European romantic movement.Artist an Epicurean with a studied bookish air and an affected intellectual confidence narcissistic, if endearingly earnest frightened away from his equals and home looking for a worthy platform, to place the burden of the blame An artist only by self definition who concludes too grandly and too futilely and too prematurely Definitely no K nstlerroman Can t wait for the proto arti [...]


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