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Who Is Joseph Conrad

  • Born in 1857 in Poland, Joseph Conrad became a British citizen just before he turned 30. In the intervening years he lost both parents, becoming an orphan at 11, being thereafter raised by an uncle, who let the boy go to Marseille at age 16, where he began to work on merchant ships - which at times included stints of gun running and the intrigue of...

    Publisher : Copyright Group
    published : 2015
  • Marlow, the narrator of this story, travels up the Congo River to rescue Mr. Kurtz, a representative of a trading company. Kurtz is trapped in this desolate territory along with its uncontrollable occupants and brooding atmosphere. Kurtz's search for truth slowly and surely transforms him into an impenetrable dignitary. The trip is ominous with unpredictable...

    Publisher : NuVision Publications, LLC
    published : 2004
  • Heart of Darkness is Joseph Conrad's disturbing novella recounted by the itinerant captain Marlow sent to find and bring home the shadowy and inscrutable Captain Kurtz. Marlow and his men follow a river deep into a jungle, the "Heart of Darkness" of Africa looking for Kurtz, an unhinged leader of an isolated trading station. This highly...

    Publisher : The Floating Press
    published : 1902
  • Born in Poland, Conrad entered the British merchant service, becoming a master mariner and a naturalized British subject in 1886. In order to fill empty, boring hours at sea as a sailor, Conrad began writing his first novel. When he later transferred onto a Congo River, he started taking notes that would eventually become the basis for one of his...

    Publisher : Electric Book Company
    published : 1999
  • The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale is an example of Conrad's later political writing, which moved away from his earlier, seafaring tales. The spy Mr. Verloc moves through London where he encounters anarchism, terrorism and revolutionary groups. Conrad also deals with the notion of exploitation. The novel's treatment of terrorism caused it to be...

    Publisher : The Floating Press
    published : 1907
  • Nostromo is a classic anti-hero, who lives in a fictitious mining village on the coast of a fictitious South American country. Many regard the imagined setting of the novel to be some of Conrad's finest work. The characters in the novel are also more highly-developed than those of his other novels, and were inspired by a group of mental patients...

    Publisher : The Floating Press
    published : 1917
  • Marlow narrates the story of Lord Jim, a promising young man who falls from grace, then attempts to redeem himself in Patusan, a fictional Indonesian island. His story is told entirely through the perspectives of Marlow and others who join their voices to his, and so the enigma at the centre of Jim's character and actions is never entirely resolved....

    Publisher : The Floating Press
    published : 1900
  • Selected by the Modern Library as two of the 100 best novels of all time Nostromo Originally published in 1904, Nostromo is considered by many to be Conrad's supreme achievement. Set in the imaginary South American republic of Costaguana, the novel reveals the effects of unbridled greed and imperialist interests on many different lives. Although...

    Publisher : Random House Publishing Group
    published : 2000
  • Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness (1902) was first published as a three-part series in 1899 in Blackwood's Magazine. It presents the story of the raconteur, Marlow, who has been assigned to a foreign mission by a Belgian trading company on Congo River. Its subject is the dark heart of humanity, its message that man is basically malevolent and...

    Publisher : ReadHowYouWant
    published : 2009
  • The classic novel that inspired Apocalypse Now A European trading concern hires Marlow to pilot a boat up the Congo River in search of Kurtz?a first-class ivory agent and the manager of the company?s highly profitable Inner Station?who is believed to be on his deathbed. With a handful of pilgrims as his passengers and a crew of cannibals, Marlow...

    Publisher : Open Road Media
    published : 2014