Oxford Reader's Companion to Conrad

Oxford Reader's Companion to Conrad

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'Scholarly, ambitious and scrupulous'. This is how the TLS recently described the Oxford Reader's Companion Series.

In September 2000, the book which pioneered the series, The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens came out in paperback. Now the Oxford Reader's Companions to Hardy, Trollope, Conrad, and George Eliot will follow on from that success. In this format these books are designed specifically to appeal to students of literature. Each contains a more comprehensive and accessible range of information than any other reference work on these writers.

Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski had an astonishing life. 'Pole, Catholic, and nobleman' is how he described himself as at the age of 5. He was born in the Ukraine of Polish parents and spent his childhood in exile. It was only after fifteen years at sea that he began writing in English, his third language and the one whose genius had, as he put it, 'adopted' him.

Owen Knowles and Gene M. Moore, together with their team of distinguished Advisers and Contributors, have created a unique and authoritative reference work on all things Conradian.

Over 400 entries cover Conrad's novels, stories, essays, and reviews; his friends, family, and associates; films and adaptations; ships and voyages; places associated with his life and works; his influences and sources; his reputation and critical approaches to his work; historical contexts to his life.

Entries include:

Conrad's life: health, Polish inheritance, the sea, ships and voyages

People: Borys Conrad, Apollo and Ewa Korzeniowski, J. M. Barrie, Stephen Crane, Stefan Zeromski

Places: America, Bangkok, Berdyczow, Congo, Cracow, Marseilles

Novels: Almayer's Folly, Lord Jim, Nostromo

Stories, essays, and reviews: 'An Anarchist', 'Typhoon', 'Autocracy and War', 'Legends', 'Tales of the Sea'

Influences and Sources: James Brooke, Alighieri Dante, Charles Dickens, Napoleon Bonaparte, Emile Zola

Characters: Almayer family, Mr Jones, Jim, Captain Mitchell, Nostromo, the Professor, Edith Travers

Reputation: biographies, films, influences on other writers, portraits and other images, translations

Historical context: First World War, Polish question, women's suffrage movement

In addition to the A-Z entries the Companion offers extra material: a classified contents list with headwords grouped in thematic batches, Conrad's family tree, a useful chronology spanning Conrad's life, maps showing Conrad's travels, an index of references to Conrad's works, and an alphabetical list of frequently cited texts.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 126 x 197 x 28mm | 332g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 4 maps and 1 family tree
  • 0198604211
  • 9780198604211
  • 1,650,988

Table of contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ; PREFACE ; CONTENTS ; LIST OF MAPS ; LIST OF AUTHORS AND CONTRIBUTORS ; CLASSIFIED CONTENTS LIST ; ABBREVIATIONS ; A NOTE TO THE READER ; CONRAD FAMILY TREE ; CHRONOLOGY ; A-Z ENTRIES ; MAPS ; FREQUENTLY CITED TEXTS ; INDEX OF REFERENCES TO CONRAD'S WORKS
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lively and thorough * Morris Hounion, Library Journal * a model reference work, one guaranteed to satisfy the existing cravings of the Conrad addict while doubtless introducing many new ones * Jeremy Hawthorn, The Conradian * Review from previous edition excellent * Giles Foden TLS *
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About Owen Knowles

Owen Knowles is Senior Lecturer at the University of Hull. He has written and edited numerous books about Conrad (see 'Books by the same author' below).

Gene M. Moore teaches English and American literature at the Univerity of Amsterdam. He is the author and editor of a number of books (see 'Books by the same author' below).
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