A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is one of the twentieth centuryâ€™s great coming-of-age novels. This Norton Critical Edition is based on Hans Gablerâ€™s acclaimed text and is accompanied by his introduction and textual notes. John Paul Riquelme provides detailed explanatory annotations. â€śBackgrounds and Contextsâ€ť is thematically organized to provide readers with a clear picture of the novelâ€™s historical, cultural, and literary inspirations. Topics include â€śPolitical Nationalism: Irish History, 1798-1916,â€ť â€śThe Irish Literary and Cultural Revival,â€ť â€śReligion,â€ť and â€śAesthetic Backgrounds.â€ť â€śCriticismâ€ť begins with John Paul Riquelmeâ€™s helpful essay on the novelâ€™s structural form and follows with twelve diverse interpretations by, among others, Kenneth Burke, Umberto Eco, Hugh Kenner, Maud Ellmann, Joseph Valente, and Marian Eide. A Selected Bibliography is also included.