John F. Harris on the Unconventional 1918
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is not only an original book; it strikes us as fundamentally true. It is not the kind of book of which the ordinary subscriber to Mudie's is likely to approve. Indeed, no publisher could be found for it in England, nor was there an English printer who would consent to print it. It was therefore set up in America and has been issued in England by the proprietors of the Egoist. We are aware, of course, that these facts do not in themselves necessarily establish any particular merit in Mr. Joyce's novel.