The most important literary event of the year. And indeed there is hardly an exact parallel for it in all our literary history.
The New York Times

Stephen Hero

Fiction by James Joyce

Stephen Hero is an early version of Joyce’s famous A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. 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. 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. 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.

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Paperback (published January 19, 1963)

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James Joyce

James Joyce was one of innovators of postmodernism. He is widely considered one of the most important writers of the 20th century.

The most important literary event of the year. And indeed there is hardly an exact parallel for it in all our literary history.
The New York Times
The dominant writer of the twentieth century.
—Harold Bloom
Joyce revolutionized 20th century fiction.
Time Magazine