Written between 1904 and 1905, Stephen Hero is the unfinished novel that Joyce subsequently rewrote and published as A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, first serialized in The Egoist in 1914-15 and published in book form in 1916. Stephen Hero retains the same narrative, although Joyce performed drastic modifications both in terms of content and style. Being a preliminary version of A Portrait, Stephen Hero is thus a fundamental pre-text that sheds significant light on Joyce's development as a writer and on the evolution of his literary method.
After his article “A Portrait of the Artist” had been rejected by the magazine Dana, Joyce planned to extend the essay into a long novel concerning the life and formation of a young artist-hero named Stephen Daedalus. At a later stage, he
Citation: Sabatini, Federico. "Stephen Hero". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 April 2010 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=1810, accessed 08 December 2023.]