Author(s): James Joyce; Judith John (Contribution by)
This coming of age story charts the growth of Stephen Dedalus, a fictional alter-ego of the novelist, James Joyce. As Dedalus grows, so too does the language and the reader is carried from the family home in the suburbs to college to life as a young man in Dublin. As he grows, Dedalus begins to question the strict Catholicism of his native Ireland and feels alienation from both the Church and society.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is James Joyce's first novel and is an excellent example of early modernist prose.