Joseph Conrad

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This critical biography traces Conrad's life from his childhood in a Russian penal colony, through his early manhood in Marseille and his years in the British Merchant Navy, to his career as a novelist. It describes how these experiences informed his writings from his early Malay novels to his best-known works, 'Heart of Darkness', Lord Jim, Nostromo, through to his final novels, The Arrow of Gold and Suspense. It discusses his important relations with other writers - in particular, Ford Madox Ford - as well as his late-life political engagements and his relationships with women.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherReaktion Books
Number of pages208
ISBN (Print)978-1-78914-304-1
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2020

Publication series

NameCritical Lives
PublisherReaktion Books


  • Joseph Conrad
  • migration
  • transnationalism
  • Poland
  • Marseilles
  • French culture
  • Ford Madox Ford
  • magazine culture
  • Polish nationalism
  • anti-colonialism
  • art of the novel

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