Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

4.4/5

The portrayal of Stephen Dedalus’s Dublin childhood and youth, his quest for identity through art and his gradual emancipation from the claims of family, religion and Ireland itself, is also an oblique self-portrait of the young James Joyce and a universal testament to the artist’s ‘eternal imagination’.

“He wanted to cry quietly but not for himself: for the words, so beautiful and sad, like music.”

James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man