James Joyce envisioned A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man as an autobiographical look at the epiphanies of his life. This text compiles some of the most noteworthy critical examinations of the novel. Subjects covered include language as structure in the novel, the motif of hands, Joyce as a symbolist, and more.
This series is edited by Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities, Yale University; Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Professor of English, New York University Graduate School. These texts are the ideal aid for all students of literature, presenting concise, easy-to-understand biographical, critical, and bibliographical information on a specific literary work. Also provided are multiple sources for book reports and term papers with a wealth of information on literary works, authors, and major characters. [via]