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Stephen Hero is a posthumously-published autobiographical novel by Irish author James Joyce. Its published form reflects only a portion of an original manuscript, part of which was lost. Many of its ideas were used in composing A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

Stephen Hero
First edition
AuthorJames Joyce
Cover artistN. I. Cannon
GenreAutobiographical, Modernism
PublisherJonathan Cape
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)


Work on Stephen Hero probably began in Dublin in 1903.[1] According to Derek Attridge, it was to be "a thinly disguised autobiography, stylistically undistinguished and immensely long."[1]

Joyce abandoned the work in Trieste in 1905.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Attridge, D. (2012). Joyce: The modernist novel's revolution in matter and manner. In R. Caserio & C. Hawes (Eds.), The Cambridge History of the English Novel (pp. 581-595). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CHOL9780521194952.038

Further readingEdit

  • "Recommended by Our Reviewers". Books Abroad. 38 (1): 81. 1964-01-01. JSTOR 40118511.
  • Bradley, John L. (1956-07-01). "Review". Books Abroad. 30 (3): 333. JSTOR 40096340.
  • Colangelo, Jeremy (2014). "The Grotesque Gigantic: Stephen Hero, Maximalism, and Bakhtin". Joyce Studies Annual: 63–92.
  • Fargnoli, A. Nicholas; Michael Patrick Gillespie (2006-01-01). "Stephen Hero". Critical Companion to James Joyce: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work. Infobase Publishing. pp. 154–159. ISBN 9781438108483.
  • Jacobs, Joshua (2000-04-01). "Joyce's Epiphanic Mode: Material Language and the Representation of Sexuality in Stephen Hero and Portrait". Twentieth Century Literature. 46 (1): 20–33. doi:10.2307/441931. JSTOR 441931.
  • Miller, Nolan (1956-12-01). "Joyce and Wolfe". The Antioch Review. 16 (4): 511–517. doi:10.2307/4609918. JSTOR 4609918.
  • Prescott, Joseph (1954-04-01). "James Joyce's "Stephen Hero"". The Journal of English and Germanic Philology. 53 (2): 214–223. JSTOR 27713665.
  • Stern, Richard G. (1956-07-01). "Proust and Joyce Underway: Jean Santeuil and Stephen Hero". The Kenyon Review. 18 (3): 486–496. JSTOR 4333694.
  • Troy, William (February 11, 1945). "Books: Stephen Dedalus- in the Rough". New York Times.