Stephen Hero

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Stephen Hero
First edition
Author James Joyce
Cover artist N. I. Cannon
Language English
Genre Autobiographical, Modernism
Publisher Jonathan Cape
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)

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.


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 reading[edit]

  • 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.