Stephen Hero ebook

by James Joyce

Stephen Hero is an early version of Joyce's A Portrait of the artist as a Young Man. Only 12 left in stock (more on the way)

Stephen Hero is an early version of Joyce's A Portrait of the artist as a Young Man. It was originally rejected on grounds of indecency―so the story goes― by twenty publishers. Only 12 left in stock (more on the way). Only 11 left in stock (more on the way).

Stephen Hero is a ed autobiographical novel by Irish author James Joyce. Its published form reflects only a portion of an original manuscript, part of which was lost. James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 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 perfected. Many of its ideas were used in composing A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Work on Stephen Hero probably began in Dublin in 1903. According to Derek Attridge, it was to be "a thinly disguised autobiography, stylistically undistinguished and immensely long. Joyce abandoned the work in Trieste in 1905.

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist, short story writer, poet, teacher, and literary critic. 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 a variety of literary styles, most famously stream of consciousness.

Stephen Hero is an early version of Joyce's A Portrait of the artist as a Young Ma. t was originally rejected on grounds of indecency-so the story goes- by twenty publishers, whereupon Joyce threw the manuscript in the fire, but Mrs. Joyce rescued several unburnt portions. Although Joyce later entirely rewrote his novel of a young Irishman's rebellion against church, country and family, this early version is beautifully composed, the mood being more discursive and personal than in A Portrait.

James Joyce (1882–1941) was an Irish novelist and short-story writer noted for his experimental use of. .

Learn more about Joyce’s life and work in this article. He had begun writing a lengthy naturalistic novel, Stephen Hero, based on the events of his own life, when in 1904 George Russell offered £1 each for some simple short stories with an Irish background to appear in a farmers’ magazine, The Irish Homestead. In response Joyce began writing the stories published as Dubliners (1914).

It was originally rejected on grounds of indecency-so the story goes- by twenty publishers, whereupon Joyce threw the manuscript in the fire, but Mrs.

James Joyce as a baby (James Joyce Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University). He committed himself to recasting the convention-ally realistic Stephen Hero into an original mod-ernist form, and by the spring of 1908 he had completed the first three chapters. Birthplace of James Joyce, 41 Brighton Square West (Irish Tourist Board). for the Joyce family tree. However, other concerns intruded, and seven years would elapse before the completion of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

posthumous: Jonathan Cape).

Pure genius. Amazon makes me write more, but there's nothing else to say really. If you've read the finished version "A Portrait of the Artist..." then you'll understand how important this work is. I loved seeing the process of how Joyce turned this into the final version. It was great insight into his creative mind.
Early Joyce, work in progress but well worth read.I highly recommend reading this book. to better understand all of Joyce's work.
Adds depth to Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man but stands well alone as well.
this early version of the Portrait (but which in fact is chronologically after it) is better than the finished and more famous one, it is more funniest and less pompous, but perhaps as some critics have suggested the Portrait was the first “disappeared” part of Stephen Hero and the follow also vanished pages were none other than the beginning of Ulysses, could be but what remains for sure is that Stephen Hero is a better book of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (excepted for the third and fifth chapter of it)
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Stephen Hero is part of the now-mostly-lost first draft of Joyce's first novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. The legend goes that Joyce, in a moment of disillusionment, flung the manuscript on the fire and his sister Eileen rescued it. Odd, then, that the MS shows no apparent signs of burnmarks. Either way, the first few hundred pages are missing, so what we have here is a fragment of what would probably have been a very long and rather insufferable autobiographical novel about a clever young man realising that he's too good for the society into which he's been born.
The remarkable thing about it is that even though Joyce is basically transcribing the events of his own life, he's impressively objective. Stephen Daedalus (it became "Dedalus" in the later version) is presented as a bit of a prig, almost comically outraged when it looks like he can't read out a speech to a college debating society, and for all his erudition and genius a twit when it comes to getting his end away with the luscious Emma Clery. Joyce obviously realised this, because when he rewrote the novel he made it not more objective but less so, forcing us to see the events from Stephen's point of view, modifying his method as Stephen grows from frightened boy to disdainful young man. Stephen Hero is all told in the same cool third-person that Joyce used in his early stories. He abandoned it when he realised that it was quite inappropriate for the book he really wanted to write.
So what are the virtues of Stephen Hero? For one thing, it shows a lot more of the life around Stephen; Joyce has a lot of fun recording the inane remarks of Stephen's fellow students and the dimwitted inanity of the college president. The family is presented as less of a threat and more of a slightly baffling background hum (Joyce seldom wrote as kindly about his mother as he does here, even if he made her death one of the equivocal emotional centres of Ulysses). Stephen's artistic theories are _explained_, rather than being _demonstrated_ as they are in A Portrait (and while this is part of how much better a book A Portrait is, it's nice to see them set down, as well.) But in the end you have to admit that if Joyce had published this as his first novel, he mightn't have had the reputation he has today as being a man who published nothing but masterpieces. Dubliners is the best starting point if you've never read Joyce before and want to see what the fuss is about. Stephen Hero, on the other hand, is no masterpiece, but it's perhaps the only book by James Joyce that you could recommend to people going on a long train journey.
'Stephen Hero' the autobiographical novel Joyce would have completely destroyed, was converted at the urging of his friend Italo Svevo into the literary masterpiece ' A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man'. The early work is longer, more discursive and relaxed . Joyce takes the same material and transforms it in a portrait to a 'mythic story' of ideal artistic development.

The comparison of the two works , the transformations and condensations Joyce makes, the making more startingly clear in the latter work the development of the sensibility in stages- do provide a double - portrait of a master artist at work.
Stephen Hero, the latter half of a rejected first draft of Portrait (apocrypha: Joyce flung his manuscript into a fire only to have Nora save part of it), offers Joyce fans a glimpse of his literary style and development as a young buck of nineteen to twenty-four. Portrait, written ~7-12 years later, is a condensation of the initial thousand pages of Hero with several layers of symbolism and effects added. Portrait shines the spotlight of Stephen's intellect upon the dim world of his own perception; Hero sets an objective reality in the plain light of day in simple, effective prose. Hero's style allows Stephen's arrogance to come across much more clearly than in Portrait. His adolescent conflicts are more easily relatable to the reader, whereas in Portrait those conflicts are arranged dramatically to occasion his birth as an artist, complete with his moderately original neo-Aristotelian, applied Aquinas heuristic. This text is NOT suitable as an introduction to Joyce (Dubliners is obviously the way to go in that respect). Those who are already committed fans of Portrait should with a little patience find Hero an engaging read.
I picked this book up long ago in a book store, as I was purchasing Portrait and Ulysses (to read during an expected period of availability to do so). Owner recommended this as a precursor. I ended up reading Stephen Hero, Portrait, and some unknown portion of Ulysses (I am having another go at it this year).
So the difficulty (if you can call it that) with Hero is that I kept having to re-read certain passages because the prose is so beautiful that I found myself caught up in just reading passages for the beauty instead of the content. I have never read another book that elicited such a reaction from me. I don't think it has to be read before Portrait and Ulysses to help with reading those books. It should be read simply because it by itself is such a work of art.
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