The journey of a mind strained with religion, family, and culture to the
portrait of a mind that has achieved emotional, intellectual, and
artistic adulthood . . .
Under a father’s powerful influence, bullied by peers at school, Stephen
Dedalus, a fictional alter-ego of Joyce, must grapple through the
pleasures and pains of adolescence to experience the psychological,
sexual, and spiritual discoveries.
Setting his mind on a self-imposed exile eventually, he lives a life
devoted to the art of writing, casting off all his social, familial, and
Rushing you back and forth through sudden disruptions, A Portrait of the
Artist as a Young Man, Joyce’s autobiographical novel, traces the
intellectual and religio-philosophical awakening of Stephen.
Giving an insight into the development of a literary genius, this novel
is regarded as one of the 100 best English novels of the 20th century.
As you wade through Stephen Dedalus’ aesthetic experiences and
epiphanies, you will be coaxed into thinking of your moment of profound