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Joseph Conrad


(Teodor Jozef Konrad Korzeniowski)
Poland (1857 - 1924)

Joseph Conrad (originally Józef Teodor Konrad Nalecz 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 as an apprentice.

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.
 
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Plays
 
Non fiction
The Mirror of the Sea (1906)
Some Reminiscences (1912)
Last Essays (1926)
Letters Joseph Conrad to Richard Curle (1928)
Fighting Times (2013) (with David Boyle, Stephen Cooper, Saul David, Richard Foreman, Richard Freeman, Rachel Johnson, Rudyard Kipling, Matt Lynn, Roger Moorhouse, Marc Morris and Stuart Tootal)
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Anthologies containing stories by Joseph Conrad
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Short stories
Amy Foster
The Idiots
The Inn of the Two Witches
An Outpost of Progress
The Brute (1908)
The Secret Sharer [short story] (1910)


Books about Joseph Conrad
 
Joseph Conrad recommends

The King's Own (1830)
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"Marryat's greatness is undeniable."

The Time Machine (1895)
H G Wells
"[Wells] contrives to give over humanity into the clutches of the Impossible and yet manages to keep it down (or up) to its humanity, to its flesh, blood, sorrow, folly."


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