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He has written a number of articles on modern literature and is the author of Conrad's Narrative Method Oxford University Press, and the editor of Conrad in Scandinavia Columbia University Press, MOORE j. And since Conrad is read both in translation and in the original throughout the world, this body of criticism spans linguistic and cultural boundaries to include commentaries not only, as might be expected, in French, Italian, and Polish but even, for instance, in Japanese and Swahili.

Conrad's almost universal presence on school reading-lists and in university courses as well as at the corner bookshop testifies to the fundamental centrality of his writing to modern literature and the modern experience. In English alone the books, articles, and notes published about his life and work amount to several thousand items, and even the guides directing the student or the interested general reader to this mass of material now total some thousand pages.

While it does not and cannot make Conrad's writings easier, the present volume of a dozen essays aims at increasing their accessibility. It opens with an overview of Conrad's life and then proceeds to engaged readings of the major fiction. These chapters, devoted to individual works or to groups of texts, develop formal and thematic concerns with an eye on a range of ideological issues. This essential contextualization should help readers appreciate an author whose work is sometimes regarded as dauntingly complex and whose imaginative world and cultural framework may at moments seem remote from their own.

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The chapters that follow explore some of the larger questions raised by Conrad's writings as a whole. They focus on the special nature of his narrative techniques, on the current debates about his relationship to imperialism and to literary Modernism, and on the varied influence his work has exerted on other writers. Lastly, a guide to further reading provides information about Conrad scholarship and the body of standard Conrad criticism.

The emphasis of this volume falls on informed appreciation based on an understanding of Conrad's cultural contexts and fictional techniques. These concerns are particularly contemporary in their nature and scope, and include, for instance, the complex interrelationships between an individual and his or her social and economic milieu, ethnicity and multi-cultural identity, linguistic confrontation and alienation, and the interactions between empire and colony. The contributors to this volume live and teach in a number of countries and are actively engaged in the on-going process of discovering and rediscovering Conrad through a variety of perspectives.

They bring to bear diverse scholarly and critical traditions - American, British, and Continental. The volume takes advantage of the rich heritage of Conrad studies that has evolved from the s, and, more particularly, takes note of the critical movements and debates of the past two decades. Apollo Korzeniowski arrested and imprisoned in Warsaw for anti-Russian conspiracy. The Korzeniowskis are exiled to Vologda, northern Russia.

Death of Ewa Korzeniowska. Apollo Korzeniowski and his son move to Lwow. Death of Apollo Korzeniowski in Cracow. Maternal uncle, Tadeusz Bobrowski, becomes young Korzeniowski's guardian. Privately tutored because of ill health, also occasionally attends schools during the next few years. Works for shippers and bankers Delestang et Fils.

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Shoots himself in the chest in Marseilles after accumulating gambling debts but escapes serious injury. Joins the steamship Mavis, his first British ship. Serves as ordinary seaman in the Skimmer of the Sea English coastal waters. Passes examination for second mate. Third mate in the Loch Etive to Australia. Second mate in the Tilkhurst to Singapore and Calcutta. Becomes a British subject. Passes examination for master's certificate. First mate in the Highland Forest to Java. Injured on board, is hospitalized in Singapore.

Settles briefly in London and begins Almayer's Folly, Friendship with marriage relation and writer Marguerite Poradowska. Meets John Galsworthy, among her passengers.

Visits Bobrowski in the Ukraine. Meets Edward Garnett, publisher's reader, and Jessie George, a typist, whom he later marries. Signs on as second mate in the Adowa but sails only to France and back. End of his sea career. Marries Jessie George 24 March and honeymoons in Brittany. Begins The Rescuer. Settles in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. Becomes acquainted with H. Wells and initiates a correspondence with Henry James.

Cunninghame Graham and with Stephen Crane. The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' published. Pinker becomes Conrad's agent. Lord Jim published in book form. Nostromo serialized and published in book form. Jessie Conrad injures her knees, remaining partially disabled for life. Sojourn on Capri. One Day More, dramatization of 'Tomorrow', staged in London. Sojourn in Montpellier. Son John born. The Mirror of the Sea published. The Secret Agent serialized in US. Sojourn in Montpellier and in Geneva. The Secret Agent published in book form.

Moves to Someries, Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire.

Moves to Aldington, Kent. Breaks with Ford. Completes Under Western Eyes and suffers a nervous breakdown.

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Moves to Capel House, Orlestone, Kent. Under Western Eyes serialized and published in book form. Chance serialized in New York. Chance published in book form. First financial success. Visits Poland in summer with family. Trapped for some weeks by the outbreak of war, returns to England via Austria and Italy. The Shadow-Line published. Moves to Spring Grove, near Wye, Kent. Basil Macdonald Hastings's dramatization of Victory staged in London. Moves to Oswalds, Bishopsbourne, near Canterbury.

The Arrow of Gold published. The Rescue, begun in , published. Visits Corsica, doing research for The Rover and Suspense. Notes on Life and Letters published.

Collected Editions begin publication. Visits the United States to a rapturous reception. The Rover serialized in US and published in book form.

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Declines a knighthood. Dies of a heart attack at Oswalds on 3 August, aged Buried in Roman Catholic section of Canterbury cemetery. The Nature of a Crime collaboration with Ford published in book form. Last Essays, edited by Richard Curie, published. The Sisters fragment published. Where a volume in this edition has been reprinted by Oxford University Press in its World's Classics series it is cited by the title assigned to it in that series. Full publication details of works referred to are given in the Works Cited section at the end of each chapter. Frederick R. Karl and Laurence Davies.


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Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, In quotations, spaced points In , he was an adolescent thought by some to be 'betraying' his country in his desire to escape Poland for a freer life as a seaman in France. By he had joined the British Merchant Service, though still officially a Russian subject and unable to speak English. Nicknamed 'Polish Joe' by other crew members, he was about to discover sustaining social and corporate ideals under the Red Ensign.

By , nine years after publishing his first novel, he produced the most radically experimental English novel of the early Modernist period, the monumental Nostromo. At his death in Canterbury in August he was already a legend in his own lifetime.