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    First Edition of Joyce's Scarce Autobiographical "Landmark in Sensibility"

    James Joyce. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. New York: B. W. Huebsch, 1916.

    First edition. Octavo. 299 pages.

    Publisher's blue cloth with gilt spine titles. Minor bottom edge wear. Corners lightly rubbed; one minimally frayed. Edges a bit dusty, with a small stain confined to the top edge. Tiny bookseller's ticket on rear pastedown. An exceptional copy of an early Joyce classic in near fine copy.

    "Stephen Dedalus describes his spiritual journey through his Jesuit education and petty bourgeois Dublin to forge through 'silence, exile and cunning' the 'uncreated conscience of his race.' Following close on Dubliners (for it appeared through 1915 as a serial in The Egoist) the Portrait can be read either as an autobiography or a novel. A landmark in sensibility, the prose moves forward in complexity from the child's sensations at the beginning to the adolescent subtleties at the end" (Cyril Connolly: The Modern Movement, p. 33).


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