Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
James Joyce's innovative fictional autobiography is also, in the apt phrase of Richard Ellmann, nothing less than "a gestation of the soul." For as he describes the shabby, cloying, and sometimes terrifying Dublin upbringing of his alter ego, Stephen Dadalus, Joyce immerses the reader in his emerging consciousness, employing language that ranges from baby talk to hellfire sermon to a triumphant artist's manifesto. The result is a work that inaugurated a literary revolution, and has become a model for the portrayal of self in our time.
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