A Historical Guide to Joseph Conrad

Paperback | December 25, 2009

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Born to Polish parents in what is now known as the Ukraine, Joseph Conrad would become one of the greatest writers in the English language. With works like Lord Jim, The Nigger of the "Narcissus," and Heart of Darkness, he not only solidified his place in the panethon of great novelists, butalso established himself as a keen-eyed chronicler of the social and political themes that animated the contemporary world around him. The original essays assembled here by John G. Peters showcase the abundance of historical material Conrad drew upon to create his varied literary corpus. Essays show how the author mined his early life as a sailor to pen gripping, realistic tales of nautical life while issuing scathing indictmentsof colonialism and capitalist cupidity in works like Almayer's Folly and Heart of Darkness. His unique sense of himself as an outsider is explored in relation to his pointed political novels that critiqued corruption and terrorism, most notably in Nostromo and The Secret Agent. In addition to his major works, essays consider Conrad's contributions as an innovative modernist and his unique role in the nineteenth-century literary marketplace. Complete with an up-to-date bibliography and illustrated chronology, A Historical Guide to Joseph Conrad provides an invaluableresource to the life and work of the major novelist.

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Born to Polish parents in what is now known as the Ukraine, Joseph Conrad would become one of the greatest writers in the English language. With works like Lord Jim, The Nigger of the "Narcissus," and Heart of Darkness, he not only solidified his place in the panethon of great novelists, butalso established himself as a keen-eyed chro...

John G. Peters is Associate Professor of English at the University of North Texas. He is the author of Conrad and Impressionism.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 5.51 × 8.11 × 0.71 inPublished:December 25, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsJohn G. Peters: IntroductionCedric T. Watts: Joseph Conrad's LifeMark D. Larabee: Joseph Conrad and the Maritime TraditionJoyce Piell Wexler: Conrad and the Literary MarketplaceAllan H. Simmons: Conrad and PoliticsChristopher GoGwilt: Joseph Conrad as Guide to Colonial HistoryAndrea White: Conrad and ModernismIllustrated ChronologyJohn G. Peters: Bibliographical Essay: Conrad Commentary Past and PresentContributorsIndex