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A Personal Record (1912) both documents and fictionalizes Joseph Conrad's early life and the opening stages of his careers as a writer and as a seaman. It is also an artistic and political manifesto. The introduction traces Conrad's sources and gives the history of writing and reception. The essay on the text and the apparatus set out the textual history. The notes explain literary and historical references, identify places, and gloss foreign terms. Four maps and a genealogical table supplement this explanatory ...
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Overview

A Personal Record (1912) both documents and fictionalizes Joseph Conrad's early life and the opening stages of his careers as a writer and as a seaman. It is also an artistic and political manifesto. The introduction traces Conrad's sources and gives the history of writing and reception. The essay on the text and the apparatus set out the textual history. The notes explain literary and historical references, identify places, and gloss foreign terms. Four maps and a genealogical table supplement this explanatory material. This edition of A Personal Record, established through modern textual scholarship, presents Conrad's reminiscences and the volume's two prefaces in forms more authoritative than any so far printed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780910395465
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1988
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Der Autor Joseph Conrad (eigentlich Josef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski) wurde am 3.12.1857 als Sohn polnischer Landedelleute in Berdiczew bei Kiew geboren. Er besuchte das Gymnasium in Krakau und ging mit siebzehn Jahren nach Marseille, um Seemann zu werden. Als britischer Kapitän befuhr er die Weltmeere und bereiste den Kongo und die Malaiischen Inseln, Schauplätze seiner späteren Romane. Schon als Seeoffizier begann er zu schreiben. Als ein tropisches Fieber ihn zwang, den Seemannsberuf aufzugeben, ließ er sich 1894 als freier Schriftsteller in England nieder. In den folgenden dreißig Jahren entstanden - oft unter großer materieller Not - die berühmten Romane und Geschichten dieses Autors, der, obwohl er die englische Sprache erst als Erwachsener erlernte, zu den großen Meistern der englischen Literatur zählt. Er starb am 3.8.1924 in seinem Landhaus in Bishopbourne/Kent.

Biography

Joseph Conrad (originally Józef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski) was born in the Ukraine in 1857 and grew up under Tsarist autocracy. His parents, ardent Polish patriots, died when he was a child, following their exile for anti-Russian activities, and he came under the protection of his tradition-conscious uncle, Thaddeus Bobrowski, who watched over him for the next twenty-five years. In 1874 Bobrowski conceded to his nephew's passionate desire to go to sea, and Conrad travelled to Marseilles, where he served in French merchant vessels before joining a British ship in 1878 as an apprentice.

In 1886 he obtained British nationality and his Master's certificate in the British Merchant Service. Eight years later he left the sea to devote himself to writing, publishing his first novel, Almayer's Folly, in 1895. The following year he married Jessie George and eventually settled in Kent, where he produced within fifteen years such modern classics as Youth, Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, Typhoon, Nostromo, The Secret Agent and Under Western Eyes. He continued to write until his death in 1924. Today Conrad is generally regarded as one of the greatest writers of fiction in English -- his third language. He once described himself as being concerned "with the ideal value of things, events and people" in the Preface to The Nigger of the Narcissus he defined his task as "by the power of the written word ... before all, to make you see."

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jósef Teodor Konrad Walecz Korzeniowski (real name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 3, 1857
    2. Place of Birth:
      Berdiczew, Podolia, Russia
    1. Date of Death:
      August 3, 1924
    2. Place of Death:
      Bishopsbourne, Kent, England

Table of Contents

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Chronology

A Personal Record 1

Author's Note 3

A Familiar Preface 11

A Personal Record 19

The Texts: An Essay 127

A Personal Record 129

Serialization 129

Book Editions 142

A Familiar Preface 151

Copy-texts 153

Emendation 156

The 'Author's Note' 161

The Cambridge Texts 166

Apparatus 168

Emendation and Variation 168

Emendations of Accidentals 186

End-of-line Word-Division 190

App Extracts from Tadeusz Bobrowski's Pamietnik 191

Notes 195

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