The Nigger of the Narcissus and Other StoriesPaperback Penguin Classics
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- Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
- Format: Paperback | 528 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 28mm | 358g
- Publication date: 18 December 2007
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0141441704
- ISBN 13: 9780141441702
- Illustrations note: 1 map
- Sales rank: 165,740
The volume includes: "Youth"; "The Secret Sharer"; "The Lagoon"; "An Outpost of Progress"; "Il Conde"; and, "The Duel". The intention is a range of settings - we move from the sea to the colonial world, the Far East and Africa to England and then the Continent.
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Joseph Conrad was born in the Ukraine in 1857 and grew up under Tsarist autocracy. In 1874 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. 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 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. Gail Fraser, author of Interweaving Patterns in the Works of Joseph Conrad (1988), has also written on Conrad's short fiction for The Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad (1996) and Conradiana: A Journal of Joseph Conrad Studies. Allan Simmons is Reader in English Literature at St Mary's College. He is the author of Joseph Conrad (2006) for Palgrave. J.H. Stape is the author of The Several Lives of Joseph Conrad (1996) and Conrad's Notes on Life and Letters (2004).