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A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man

by JOYCE, JAMES

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  • hardcover
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First Edition; preceding the English edition, issued from the American sheets, by two months. A very nearly fine copy in the rar
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New York: B.W. Huebsch, 1916. First Edition; preceding the English edition, issued from the American sheets, by two months. A very nearly fine copy in the rare dust jacket, which has minor wear but numerous spots; overall very good; in a half-leather clamshell box. English printers, loathe to accept liability in risking legal action on moral grounds, refused to print the book. The exact number of copies bound is not known, but evidence strongly suggests that fewer than a thousand copies were produced. Slocum and Cahoon (A Bibliography of James Joyce, Yale, 1953) point out that the original printing plates were used in subsequent printings by Huebsch and the Modern Library, and that, by 1953 there were nearly 100,000 copies in print. By anyone’s estimation, A Portrait of the Artist is among Joyce’s most important works, and therefore, by definition, a highly significant book in modern literature. Connolly 100 (The Modern Movement) “...the Portrait can be read as either an autobiography or a novel. A landmark in sensibility, the prose moves forward in complexity from the child’s sensations at the beginning to the adolescent subtleties at the end...” Huebsch later merged his house with Viking, where he worked for several decades. He was one of the 20th century’s great publishers, in the company of such courageous and tasteful worthies as Cerf, Knopf, Simon, the sad failure that was Liveright, and others. Generally with a leftist bent, Huebsch also famously published Joyce’s Dubliners, Chamber Music, and Exiles, as well as Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio.

Synopsis

Joyce's A Portait of the Artist as a Young Man is a semi-autobiographical work. It tells of the intellectual, religious, and philosophical awakening of the main character, Stephen Dedalus as he rebels against the conventions in which he has been raised and leaves home to pursue his artistic ambition.

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Bookseller
Peter L. Stern & Company, Inc. US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
32881P
Title
A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man
Author
JOYCE, JAMES
Book condition
Used - First Edition; preceding the English edition, issued from the American sheets, by two months. A very nearly fine copy in the rar
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
B.W. Huebsch
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1916

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About Peter L. Stern & Company, Inc.

With more than 35 years experience in the rare book trade, Peter L. Stern and Co., Inc. has established itself as a highly regarded firm of antiquarian booksellers.

Specializing in 19th and 20th century literature, signed and inscribed books, and manuscripts we maintain a high quality inventory. Our shop is located in the heart of Newton Centre where we are open by chance or appointment

In the long-standing tradition of the rare book trade we continue to mail regular catalogues to our customers. We are easily accessible via the MBTA Green Line's D Branch. We travel widely and attend both international and local book fairs.

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fine
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