The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale

The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale

Paperback Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)

By (author) Joseph Conrad, Edited by John Lyon

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 190mm x 16mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 019953635X
  • ISBN 13: 9780199536351
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 63,496

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'An impenetrable mystery seems destined to hang for ever over this act of madness or despair.' Mr Verloc, the secret agent, keeps a shop in London's Soho where he lives with his wife Winnie, her infirm mother, and her idiot brother, Stevie. When Verloc is reluctantly involved in an anarchist plot to blow up the Greenwich Observatory things go disastrously wrong, and what appears to be 'A Simple Tale' proves to involve politicians, policemen, foreign diplomats and London's fashionable society in the darkest and most surprising interrelations. Based on the text which Conrad's first English readers enjoyed, this new edition includes a critical introduction which describes Conrad's great London novel as the realization of a 'monstrous town', a place of idiocy, madness, criminality, and butchery. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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John Lyon has previously edited Conrad's Youth/Heart of Darkness/The End of the Tether for Penguin Twentieth Century Classics, and novels by Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, and D. H. Lawrence.