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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. New York: B. W. Huebsch, 1916. First edition. The American publisher agreed to take on A Portrait only after being assured by Harriet Weaver, editor of The Egoist, that she would take sheets for 750 copies of an edition in England. A Portrait remains Joyce's most popular and accessible work, a Bildungsroman that traces the emotional and creative growth of Stephen Dedalus, who turns from the Catholic Church toward a life of art, utilizing the only weapons he has at his disposal: "silence, exile and cunning," intending "to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race."
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. London: The Egoist, 1917. First British edition. This edition of 750 copies was prepared from the sheets of the first American edition, and published by Harriet Shaw Weaver, Joyce's then anonymous patron, whose financial support enabled him to continue writing. This is Harriet Weaver's own copy, dated February, 1917, the month in which the novel first appeared in England.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1968. One of 1500 copies signed by the artist. The Limited Editions Club, which had issued the famous Ulysses illustrated by Matisse in 1935, turned to Joyce again in 1968 with this edition of A Portrait, with drawings by Brian Keogh in both color and black and white. Displayed beside it is one of the original drawings, retouched and prepared for photographic reproduction in the book. The drawing was a gift of the artist's widow in the early 1970's and is inscribed by her.