Time of Apprenticeship : The Fiction of Young James Joyce by Marvin Magalaner
New York : Abelard-Schuman, 1959. Hardcover. 192 pages ; 22 cm. $4.00 dust jacket with a few small rips and tears at top and bottom edge. Brown cover board with gilt title at spine. Pages are age toned and unmarked. Binding is firm.
TIME OF APPRENTICESHIP : THE FICTION OF YOUNG JAMES JOYCE
A vast amount of critical study has been employed over the years to illuminate and explain the great Irish master's later novels - Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, Here is the same kind of close textual analysis applied to Joyce's youthful fiction.
Professor Magalaner traces the development in technique of several of Joyce's short stories from early to final published version and discusses the successive drafts of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. In this way, TIME OF APPRENTICESHIP serves as an extremely useful complement to recent publications on Joyce's early life.
The author shows the seeds of the later work in the earlier and he relates Joyce's youthful reading habits to the writing which he produced. Furthermore, as scholars have done so little detailed annotation of Dubliners the author has provided comprehensive notes to the text of each story. Finally, through the use of documents from Joyce's early career, some hitherto unpublished, he has briefly sketched the biographical environment in which the early work was produced.
In the current eagerness — certainly justifiable - to deal with Joyce as a person, as a husband and father, as a businessman, and even as a shy pornographer, careful and unemotional consideration of his writing is being neglected. Here is a study, then, which seems eminently appropriate : an analysis of the prose of the young man who wrote A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
MARVIN MAGALANER, assistant professor of English at the College of the City of New York, has also taught at Columbia University and New York University. A true Joyce scholar, Professor Magalaner made several trips to Dublin to study Joyce's background and has already published such earlier books on his subject as Joyce The Man, The Work, The Reputation and two James Joyce miscellanies. He is at work now on a critical bibliography of James Joyce.
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