James Joyce, c. 1915
Thursday, December 29, 2011
James Joyce and Stephen Dedalus
Today is the 95th anniversary of the first publication in the United States in 1916 of the James Joyce classic Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. The novel features the Joyce alter ego Stephen Dedalus in a semi-autobiographical examination and rejection of traditional Irish values. The novel is ranked by Modern Library as the third most important English novel. Joyce's other great classic, Ulysses, is ranked No. 1.