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Joseph Conrad

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Joseph Conrad's Works

  • Heart of Darkness (1902)
  • Lord Jim (1907)
  • Nigger of the `Narcissus' (1897)
  • The Secret Sharer (1912)

    A Bio-bibliographical note about Joseph Conrad

    "Joseph Conrad (originally Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski) was born in the Ukraine in 1857 and grew up under Tsarist autocracy. His parents, ardent Polish patriots, died when he was a child, following their exile for anti-Russian activities, and he came under the protection of his tradition-conscious uncle, Thaddeus Bobrowski, who watched over him for the next twenty-five years.

    "In 1874 Bobrowski conceded to his nephew's passionate desire to go to sea, and Conrad travelled to Marseilles, where he served in French merchant vessels before joining a British ship in 1878. In 1886 he obtained British nationality and his Master's certificate in the British Merchant Service.

    "Eight years later he left the sea to devote himself to writing, publishing his first novel, Almayer's Folly, in 1895. The following year he married Jessie George and eventually settled in Kent, where he produced within fifteen years such modern classics as Youth, Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, Typhoon, Nostromo, The Secret Agent and Under Western Eyes. He continued to write until his death in 1924.

    "Today Conrad is generally regarded as one of the greatest writers of fiction in English - his third language. He once described himself as being concerned `with the ideal value of things, events and people'; in the Preface to The Nigger of the `Narcissus' he defined his task as `by the power of the written word _ before all, to make you see'."

    Source: Penguin Web Site (http://www.futurenet.co.uk/Penguin/Authors/127.html). Accessed 6 December 1996.

    Credits and Acknowledgements

    This is a project of the Department of English and the Faculty of Arts and Science, funded by the Provost's Electronic Courseware Fund. The University of Toronto English Library was created by Ian Lancashire, Christopher Douglas, and Dennis G. Jerz. We wish to thank the University of Toronto Information Commons, and the members of the Centre for Academic Technology, especially John Bradley, Ian Graham, and Allen Forsyth. See individual Works pages for other credits.

    The author photograph is from 1904. (Source: Cedric Watts. A Preface to Conrad. 2nd ed. London: Longman, 1993. Page ii. PR 6005 O4Z924 ROBA.)


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