"The Mirror of the Sea" and "a Personal Record"

"The Mirror of the Sea" and "a Personal Record"

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"The Mirror of the Sea" is, in Conrad's own words, "a very intimate revelation...of my relation with the sea", in which he explores a "full confession of emotions" evoked by the particular ships and their captains, winds, storms, oceans, continents and islands, cities, nautical terms, and heroism which he experienced during twenty years of seagoing life. "A Personal Record" is Conrad's autobiography, as full of arresting, thoughtful imagery as any of his novels. It describes his repressed childhood in Poland, his love for the sea, and the thoughts and experiences which shaped his work as a writer. "I haven't known distinguished men on whom I could pass fatuous remarks. I haven't been mixed up with great or scandalous affairs. This is but a bit of phsychological document" - Joseph Conrad.show more

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  • Paperback | 204 pages
  • 120 x 190 x 3mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192837486
  • 9780192837486

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"Offers a tantalizing glimpse of the great modernist's early life: his family background...and the twenty years he spent as a merchant seaman."--The Guardian"This work and Conrad's fiction 'interpenetrate': along with Najder's introduction, Mots and APR are indispensable to understanding Conrad's fictive maritime imagination."--R.D. Madison, U.S. Naval Academyshow more

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