A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man- James Joyce 1968 SIGNED


  • Author: James Joyce
  • Publisher: Limited Edition Club, NY, 1968
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Condition: Good
  • Size: 4to
  • Attributes: Limited Edition, Signed, Illustrated

First edition thus. Published by the Limited Edition Club, 1968. Limited to 1500 copies of which this copy is numbered 50. Quarter leather, head/tail of spine and chipped. Binding tight, interior fine. Signed by the illustrator Brian Keogh. A good copy in a VG slipcase.

“I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use — silence, exile, and cunning.”

James Joyce‘s supremely innovative fictional autobiography is also, in the apt phrase of the biographer Richard Ellmann, nothing less than “the gestation of a soul.” For as he describes the shabby, cloying, and sometimes terrifying Dublin upbringing of his alter ego, Stephen Dedalus, 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 novel of immense boldness, eloquence, and energy, a work that inaugurated a literary revolution and has become a model for the portrayal of the self in our time.

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