English novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is the first novel written by James Joyce. It was first published on 29 December 1916, It is the first novel of the writer James Joyce. Written by modernist style. The same novel theme is used in Ulysses (1922) and Finnegans Wake (1939). The novel tells the story of Stephen Dedalus life and his first twenty years. He is a young Catholic boy living in Ireland in the time period of 19th century. The boy wants to become an artist. He runs from school and in “chapter one” he enters in the Belvedere College. Where he take interest in studies and become an intelligent student. In “part two” The first prostitute is not the last. He starts poetry and went to university where his teacher and classmate treat him as a rising poet.
The Modern Library listed this novel in the third number of 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century in 1998.
Stephen Dedalus: The main character of the novel he is an artist. The book follows his life study and poetry career.
Simon Dedalus: He is the father of Stephen Dedalus, He support His son in his passion.
Mrs. Dedalus: She is the mother of Stephen Dedalus, She is a housewife.
Uncle Charles: He is living with Dedalus family, He support the family.
Father Arnall: He is priest and teacher at Clongowes.
Carly: She is a friend of Stephen Dedalus in university She discuss Stephen about religion.
Eileen Vance: A girl is friends with as a young boy.
Temple: Another student at university
[ Adaptations ]
In 1977 novel is adapted into a film directed by Joseph Strick and screenplay is Judith Rascoe.