A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Penguin Classics) by James Joyce

By James Joyce

James Joyce's coming-of-age tale, a journey de strength of fashion and technique

The first, shortest, and such a lot approachable of James Joyce’s novels, A Portrait of the Artist as a tender Man portrays the Dublin upbringing of Stephen Dedalus, from his younger days at Clongowes wooden collage to his radical wondering of all conference. In doing so, it offers an indirect self-portrait of the younger Joyce himself. At its middle lie questions of starting place and resource, authority and authorship, and the connection of an artist to his kinfolk, tradition, and race. Exuberantly creative widespread, the radical subtly and fantastically orchestrates the styles of citation and repetition instrumental in its hero’s quest to create his personal personality, his personal language, existence, and paintings: “to forge within the smithy of my soul the uncreated judgment of right and wrong of my race.”
This Penguin Classics version is the definitive textual content, licensed through the Joyce property and collated from all recognized proofs, manuscripts, and impressions to mirror the author’s unique wishes. 

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His bed was very hot and his face and body were very hot. He got up and sat on the side of his bed. He was weak. He tried to pull on his stocking. It had a horrid rough feel. The sunlight was queer and cold. Fleming said: —Are you not well? He did not know; and Fleming said: —Get back into bed. I'll tell McGlade you're not well. —He's sick. —Who is? —Tell McGlade. —Get back into bed. —Is he sick? A fellow held his arms while he loosened the stocking clinging to his foot and climbed back into the hot bed.

Their master had received his death-wound on the battlefield of Prague far away over the sea. He was standing on the field; his hand was pressed to his side; his face was pale and strange and he wore the white cloak of a marshal. O how cold and strange it was to think of that! All the dark was cold and strange. There were pale strange faces there, great eyes like carriage-lamps. They were the ghosts of murderers, the figures of marshals who had received their death-wound on battlefields far away over the sea.

Were they, faith? said Mr Casey. He threw his fist on the table and, frowning angrily, protruded one finger after another. —Didn't the bishops of Ireland betray us in the time of the union when Bishop Lanigan presented an address of loyalty to the Marquess Cornwallis? Didn't the bishops and priests sell the aspirations of their country in 1829 in return for catholic emancipation? Didn't they denounce the fenian movement from the pulpit and in the confession box? And didn't they dishonour the ashes of Terence Bellew MacManus?

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