A Historical Guide to Joseph Conrad

A Historical Guide to Joseph Conrad

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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, but also 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 indictments of 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 invaluable resource to the life and work of the major novelist.show more

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  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 142 x 218 x 18mm | 340.19g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 21 black and white halftone illustrations
  • 0195332776
  • 9780195332773

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Free of jargon and written in clear, accessible prose, all the essays will help those coming to Conrad studies for the first time. The volume includes extensive notes and a topical bibliography...Essential. * Choice *show more

About John Peters

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

Table of contents

Acknowledgments ; Introduction John G. Peters ; Joseph Conrad's Life Cedric Watts ; Joseph Conrad and the Maritime Tradition Mark Larabee ; Conrad and the Literary Marketplace Joyce Piell Wexler ; Conrad and Politics Allan H. Simmons ; Conrad as Guide to Colonial History Christopher GoGwilt ; Conrad and Modernism Andrea White ; Illustrated Chronology ; Bibliographical Essay: Conrad Commentary Past and Present John G. Petersshow more