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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Naxos)

Read by Jim Norton. Produced and abridged by Roger Marsh. Running time, approx. 4 hours.

Naxos Audiobooks, 1996, ISBN 9626340703; Three CDs; $19.98. [Browse/Purchase]

This abridged Naxos edition is read by Jim Norton and produced by the composer Roger Marsh. It includes Medieval carols, Irish traditional, and music by Wagner and Graingeerlioz. From the Naxos homepage:

In A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man, Joyce describes the early life of Stephen Dedalus: significant memories from infancy, schooldays, family life, his first taste of sin, guilt, repentance - and his passage to freedom as he elects to leave Ireland for ever. This is, in effect, autobiography. Stephen is Joyce; every person he encounters and every incident he experiences, is drawn from life. The writing, though, displays the colour and imagination of the very finest fiction, in language which cries out to be read aloud.

There is a Roger Marsh page on Bronze by Gold.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Books on Tape)

Read by David Case

Books on Tape, 1993, Catalog #3085.
Unabridged; Seven 90-minute cassettes; Rental Price $15.95; Purchase Price $34.95. [
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Durkin)

Read by John Lynch
Durkin Hayes Publishing, Ltd., 1993, ISBN 0-88646-343-2; Abridged, Four hours; Out of print. [
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A masterpiece of subjectivity, a fictionalized memoir, a coming-of-age prose-poem, this brilliant novella introduces Joyce’s alter ego, Stephen Daedelus, the hero of Ulysses, and begins the narrative experimentation that would help change the concept of literary narrative forever. It describes Stephen’s formative years in Dublin; as Stephen matures, so does the writing, until it sparkles with clarity. The style presents numerous, almost insurmountable, problems for the oral interpreter, particularly one with the limited vocal range of John Lynch. But Lynch pays no attention to the problems. Instead, he identifies so completely with Daedelus, throws himself so lustily into the book, that it is as if the passionate young artist himself is bursting out of your speakers.
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Blackstone)

Read by Frederick Davidson
Blackstone Audio Books, 1995, ISBN 0786106557; $49.95.[

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – Excerpts by Cyril Cusack

Read by Cyril Cusack

1. Caedmon, LP. Out of Print

2. Caedmon, 2002, ISBN 0-06-050179-0; Four CDs, $29.95. [Browse/Purchase]

Originally an LP issued by Caedmon, with Cusack reading three excerpts: “Chapter I: The Beginning,” “Chapter I: The Christmas Dinner,” and “Chapter IV, part 2.” Long out of print, the entire LP is now CD #2 in Caedmon’s The James Joyce Audio Collection.


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