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Heart of Darkness, The Man Who Would Be King, and Other Works on Empire, A Longman Cultural Edition / Edition 1

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Overview

From Longman's Cultural Editions series, Heart of Darkness, The Man Who Would Be King, and Other Works on Empire shows the literary and historical context within which—and against which—both Conrad and Kipling wrote their masterpieces.

These works have deeply influenced later writings that deal with the ambitions, complexities, and failures of imperial projects of cultural influence and political control. English, American, South Asian, and African authors from Saul Bellow to Salman Rushdie have worked with and against the models pioneered by Conrad and Kipling in the late Victorian era; their revolutionary impact is illuminated in this text.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321364678
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 6/19/2006
  • Series: Longman Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: Longman Cultural Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David Damrosch is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, and past president of the American Comparative Literature Association. He has written widely on world literature from antiquity to the present. His admired books, with lively appeal not only to the academic world but also to general readers, include The Narrative Covenant (1987), What Is World Literature? (2003), and The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh (2007). In addition to editing the Longman Cultural Edition of Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness,” Rudyard Kipling’s ”The Man Who Would be King,” and Other Works on Empire, he is the inspired genius, founding force, and general editor of the first three editions of the six-volume Longman Anthology of British Literature and now general editor of The Longman Anthology of World Literature.

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

List of Illustrations

About Longman Cultural Editions

About This Edition

Introduction

Table of Dates

Rudyard Kipling: Poems and Stories

A Tale of Two Cities

The Last Department

The Widow at Windsor

Tommy

The Young British Soldier

Fuzzy-Wuzzy

Gunga Din

Mandalay

Recessional

The White Man’s Burden

Ulster 1912

[Footnotes to Kipling Poems]

Without Benefit of Clergy

[Footnotes to Kipling, Without Benefit of Clergy]

The Man Who Would Be King

[Footnotes to “The Man Who Would Be King”]

Contexts: Empire and Its Discontents

Edward Lear: “The Akond of Swat”

Hilaire Belloc: “I, the Poor Indian, justly called ‘The Poor’”

“The Llama”

W. S. Gilbert: “The British Tar”

“The Darned Mounseer”

“The King of Canoodle-Dum”

Christina Rossetti, “In the Round Tower at Jhansi, June 8, 1857”

Ghalib: from Dastambu: A Bouquet of Flowers

“Now every English soldier that bears arms”

Bahadur Shah II: “I am not the light of anyone’s eye”

“I cannot bring myself to like this despoiled wilderness”

Major R.C.W. Mitford, from To Cabul with the Cavalry Brigade

Howard Hensman, from The Afghan War of 1879-80

[Footnotes to Contexts: Empire)]

Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness

Contexts: The Scramble for Africa

Olaudah Equiano, from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

Henry Morton Stanley, from Through the Dark Continent

from Address to the Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Joseph Conrad, from Congo Diary

Roger Casement, from Report to Parliament on the Congo

[Footnotes to Contexts: The Scramble for Africa”

Further Reading

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