Stephen Hero by James Joyce. First edition (1994). First impression. Medium format hardback in VG++ condition. The book is near fine. Pages clean, spine tight. The jacket is VG++ with some general wear and a nick to the fold of spine but no loss. This book was printed to wartime economy standards. Jacket in removable protective sleeve. Please see pictures. Any questions please get in touch.
About Stephen Hero
Stephen Hero is an early version of Joyce’s A Portrait of the artist as a Young Man. So, it was originally rejected on grounds of indecency—so the story goes— by twenty publishers. As a result, 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. consequently, many episodes later cut for the sake of good novelistic form, especially autobiographical episodes of sensual and family life, are fully presented, with some of the most vivacious dialogue Joyce ever wrote. Between them, the two versions give us a clear example of Joyce’s literary development as well as many details of his life. Therefore; this is a great book for many Joyce fans.
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