A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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An autobiographical novel by J. Joyce, first published in the Egoist, 1914–15.

It describes the development of Stephen Dedalus (who reappears in Ulysses in a slightly different incarnation) from his early boyhood, through bullying at school and an adolescent crisis of faith inspired partly by the famous ‘hellfire sermon’ preached by the Jesuit Father Arnall (ch. 3) and partly by the guilt of his own precocious sexual adventures, to student days and a gradual sense of his own destiny as poet, patriot, and unbeliever.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).

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James Joyce (1882—1941) writer