Portable Conrad

ISBN-10: 0143105116

ISBN-13: 9780143105114

Edition: 2007

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A great novelist of the sea, a poet of the tropics, a critic of empire and analyst of globalization, a harbinger of the modern spy novel, an unparalleled observer of the moments in which people are stripped of their illusionsJoseph Conrad is one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. This revised edition of The Portable Conradfeatures the best known and most enduring of Conrads works, including The Secret Agent, Heart of Darkness, and The Nigger of the Narcissus,as well as shorter tales like Amy Forsterand The Secret Sharer,a selection of letters, and his observations on the sinking of the Titanic.
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List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 752
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.364

Joseph Conrad is recognized as one of the 20th century's greatest English language novelists. He was born Jozef Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski on December 3, 1857, in the Polish Ukraine. His father, a writer and translator, was from Polish nobility, but political activity against Russian oppression led to his exile. Conrad was orphaned at a young age and subsequently raised by his uncle. At 17 he went to sea, an experience that shaped the bleak view of human nature which he expressed in his fiction. In such works as Lord Jim (1900), Youth (1902), and Nostromo (1904), Conrad depicts individuals thrust by circumstances beyond their control into moral and emotional dilemmas. His novel Heart of Darkness (1902), perhaps his best known and most influential work, narrates a literal journey to the center of the African jungle. This novel inspired the acclaimed motion picture Apocalypse Now. After the publication of his first novel, Almayer's Folly (1895), Conrad gave up the sea. He produced thirteen novels, two volumes of memoirs, and twenty-eight short stories. He died on August 3, 1924, in England.

Michael Gorra teaches English at Smith College. His books include After Empire, The Bells in Their Silence, and, as editor, the Norton Critical Edition of Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Joseph Conrad: A Chronology
A Calm and a Storm
The Secret Sharer: An Episode from the Coast
Preface to The Nigger of the "Narcissus"
The Nigger of the "Narcissus": A Tale of the Sea
Three Stories
Karain: A Memory
Amy Foster
The Warrior's Soul
Heart of Darkness
Heart of Darkness
The Secret Agent
Author's Note
The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale
Essays, Autobiography, and Letters
Autocracy and War
Some Reflections on the Loss of the Titanic
From The Mirror of the Sea, "Initiation"
From A Personal Record
To Marguerite Poradowska, 26 September 1890
To Karol Zagorski, 10 March 18 96
To R. B. Cunninghame Graham, 20 December 1897
To Edward Garnett, 29 March 1898
To John Galsworthy, 12 March 1899
To R. B. Cunninghame Graham, 14 October 1899
To William Blackwood, 31 May 1902
To Roger Casement, 21 December 1903
To William Rothenstein, 3 September 1904
To J. B. Pinker, 30 July 1907
To J. B. Pinker, 16? July 1908
To Edward Garnett, 27 May 1912
To John Quinn, January 1917
To John Quinn, 6 February 1918
To Hugh Walpole, 10 February 1922
To C. K. Scott Moncrieff, 17 December 1922
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