Heart of Darkness

ISBN-10: 0393926362

ISBN-13: 9780393926361

Edition: 4th 2006

Authors: Joseph Conrad, Paul B. Armstrong

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The Fourth Edition is again based on Robert Kimbrough's meticulously re-edited text. Missing words have been restored and the entire novel has been repunctuated in accordance with Conrad's style. The result is the first published version of Heart of Darkness that allows readers to hear Marlow's voice as Conrad heard it when he wrote the story. "Backgrounds and Contexts" provides readers with a generous collection of maps and photographs that bring the Belgian Congo to life. Textual materials, topically arranged, address nineteenth-century views of imperialism and racism and include autobiographical writings by Conrad on his life in the Congo. New to the Fourth Edition is an excerpt from Adam Hochschild's recent book, King Leopold's Ghost, as well as writings on race by Hegel, Darwin, and Galton. "Criticism" includes a wealth of new materials, including nine contemporary reviews and assessments of Conrad and Heart of Darkness and twelve recent essays by Chinua Achebe, Peter Brooks, Daphne Erdinast-Vulcan, Edward Said, and Paul B. Armstrong, among others. Also new to this edition is a section of writings on the connections between Heart of Darkness and the film Apocalypse Now by Louis K. Greiff, Margot Norris, and Lynda J. Dryden. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included. About the Series: No other series of classic texts equals the caliber of the Norton Critical Editions. Each volume combines the most authoritative text available with the comprehensive pedagogical apparatus necessary to appreciate the work fully. Careful editing, first-rate translation, and thorough explanatory annotations allow each text to meet the highest literary standards while remaining accessible to students. Each edition is printed on acid-free paper and every text in the series remains in print. Norton Critical Editions are the choice for excellence in scholarship for students at more than 2,000 universities worldwide.
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List price: $9.50
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/13/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 536
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

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.

The Text of Heart of Darkness
Heart of Darkness
Textual Appendix
Textual History and Editing Principles
Textual Variants
Backgrounds and Contexts
Imperialism and the Congo
Congo Free State (Tenth Edition, 1902)
[European Reaction to Leopold's Abuses] (Eleventh Edition, 1910)
[The Sacred Mission of Civilization]
An Open Letter to His Serene Majesty Leopold II
The Congo Report
[Property and Trade versus Forced Production]
Meeting Mr. Kurtz
[Conrad, Casement, and the Congo Atrocities]
Nineteenth-Century Attitudes Toward Race
[The African Character]
On the Races of Man
[Are Humans One Race or Many?]
The Comparative Worth of Different Races
[Social Progress and the Rivalry of the Races]
Race, Ethnicity, Nationality, Empire
Conrad in the Congo
[Imagining Africa]
Selected Letters En Route to the Congo
[Introduction to "The Congo Diary" and the "Up-river Book"]
The Congo Diary
Up-river Book
Selected Letters from Africa and After
Geography and Some Explorers
The Author on Art and Literature
Preface to The Nigger of the "Narcissus"
Henry James: An Appreciation
Preface to Youth
Preface to A Personal Record
Selected Letters
Contemporary Responses
From Academy and Literature
From the Manchester Guardian
From the Times Literary Supplement
From the Athenaeum
From the Speaker
The New Novel
Joseph Conrad: A Note
A Personal Remembrance
Joseph Conrad
Essays in Criticism
The Journey Within
An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness
[Impressionism and Symbolism in Heart of Darkness]
Heart of Darkness and Racism
An Unreadable Report: Conrad's Heart of Darkness
[Imperialism, Impressionism, and the Politics of Style]
[Primitivism and the African Woman in Heart of Darkness]
The Women of Heart of Darkness
The Failure of Metaphysics
Two Visions in Heart of Darkness
[Reading, Race, and Representing Others]
Cannibalising Traditions: Representation and Critique in Heart of Darkness
[Masculinity, Modernity, and Homosexual Desire]
Should We Read "Heart of Darkness"?
Iconography and the Feminine Ideal
Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now
Conrad's Ethics and the Margins of Apocalypse Now
Modernism and Vietnam
"To Boldly Go": Heart of Darkness and Popular Culture
Joseph Conrad: A Chronology
Selected Bibliography
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