'Scholarly, ambitious and scrupulous'. This is how the TLS recently described the Oxford Reader's Companion Series.In September 2000, the book which pioneered the series, The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens came out in paperback. Now the Oxford Reader's Companions to Hardy, Trollope, Conrad, and George Eliot will follow on from that success. In this format these books are designed specifically to appeal tostudents of literature. Each contains a more comprehensive and accessible range of information than any other reference work on these writers.Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski had an astonishing life. 'Pole, Catholic, and nobleman' is how he described himself as at the age of 5. He was born in the Ukraine of Polish parents and spent his childhood in exile. It was only after fifteen years at sea that he began writing in English, his thirdlanguage and the one whose genius had, as he put it, 'adopted' him. Owen Knowles and Gene M. Moore, together with their team of distinguished Advisers and Contributors, have created a unique and authoritative reference work on all things Conradian.Over 400 entries cover Conrad's novels, stories, essays, and reviews; his friends, family, and associates; films and adaptations; ships and voyages; places associated with his life and works; his influences and sources; his reputation and critical approaches to his work; historical contexts to hislife.Entries include: Conrad's life: health, Polish inheritance, the sea, ships and voyagesPeople: Borys Conrad, Apollo and Ewa Korzeniowski, J. M. Barrie, Stephen Crane, Stefan ZeromskiPlaces: America, Bangkok, Berdyczow, Congo, Cracow, Marseilles Novels: Almayer's Folly, Lord Jim, NostromoStories, essays, and reviews: 'An Anarchist', 'Typhoon', 'Autocracy and War', 'Legends', 'Tales of the Sea'Influences and Sources: James Brooke, Alighieri Dante, Charles Dickens, Napoleon Bonaparte, Emile ZolaCharacters: Almayer family, Mr Jones, Jim, Captain Mitchell, Nostromo, the Professor, Edith TraversReputation: biographies, films, influences on other writers, portraits and other images, translationsHistorical context: First World War, Polish question, women's suffrage movementIn addition to the A-Z entries the Companion offers extra material: a classified contents list with headwords grouped in thematic batches, Conrad's family tree, a useful chronology spanning Conrad's life, maps showing Conrad's travels, an index of references to Conrad's works, and an alphabeticallist of frequently cited texts.