(February 1, 1992)
and Loveswept; ISBN: 0553214047
Autobiographical novel by James Joyce, published serially
in The Egoist in 1914-15 and in book form in 1916; considered
by many the greatest bildungsroman in the English language.
The novel portrays the early years of Stephen Dedalus, who
later reappeared as one of the main characters in Joyce's
Ulysses (1922). Each of the novel's five sections is written
in a third-person voice that reflects the age and emotional
state of its protagonist, from the first childhood memories
written in simple, childlike language to Stephen's final decision
to leave Dublin for Paris to devote his life to art, written
in abstruse, Latin-sprinkled, stream-of-consciousness prose.
The novel's rich, symbolic language and brilliant use of stream-of-consciousness
foreshadowed Joyce's later work. The work is a drastic revision
of an earlier version entitled Stephen Hero and is the second
part of Joyce's cycle of works chronicling the spiritual history
of humans from Adam's Fall through the Redemption. The cycle
began with the short-story collection Dubliners (1914) and
continued with Ulysses and Finnegans Wake (1939).