A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man
Considered as semi-autobiographical, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man consists of five carefully composed chapters that tell the story of Stephen Dedalus and his path to religious and intellectual awakening. Reflecting Joyce's own frustrations with life in Ireland, the restrictions of the Catholic church and social mores, the novel uses free indirect speech to convey the feelings of the principal character via the narrator. It very nearly didn't get published, as at one point, Joyce flew into a rage and through the manuscript into a fire, only for it to be saved by members of his family.
James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 - 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist and poet. He contributed to the modernist avant-garde and is regarded as one of the most influential and important authors of the 20th century.
Joyce is best known for Ulysses (1922), a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer's Odyssey are paralleled in an array of contrasting literary styles, perhaps most prominent among these the stream of consciousness technique he utilised. Other well-known works are the short-story collection Dubliners (1914), and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Finnegans Wake (1939). His other writings include three books of poetry, a play, occasional journalism and his published letters.
Joyce was born in 41 Brighton Square, Rathgar, Dublin--about half a mile from his mother's birthplace in Terenure--into a middle-class family on the way down. A brilliant student, he excelled at the Jesuit schools Clongowes and Belvedere, despite the chaotic family life imposed by his father's alcoholism and unpredictable finances. He went on to attend University College Dublin.