Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness

by Joseph Conrad
     
 

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"Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad is one of those classics of literature that should be read by everyone. Dark and deeply psychological, "Heart of Darkness" is more than just a great novel--it is one of the most frequently referenced culture touchstones in the western world and served as inspiration for the film "Apocalypse Now." For a century, Joseph Conrad's…  See more details below

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"Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad is one of those classics of literature that should be read by everyone. Dark and deeply psychological, "Heart of Darkness" is more than just a great novel--it is one of the most frequently referenced culture touchstones in the western world and served as inspiration for the film "Apocalypse Now." For a century, Joseph Conrad's novel has drawn both raves and rage. Recently criticized by PC "academics" for its racism, "Heart of Darkness" remains one of the best books ever written. While it could be called racist, it is no different than most of the prejudices held by Western Europeans of the period. That doesn't detract from the fact that this book is beautifully written an amazing allegory depicting the battle between man and the inner beast. Before letting anyone turn you off on "Heart of Darkness" for its racism or its long sentence structure, just give it a read-through. This is one trip upriver you won't regret.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781453687703
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
07/02/2010
Pages:
74
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.15(d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) was a Polish-born British novelist, who became a British subject in 1886. He is regarded as one of the greatest novelists in English, though he did not speak the language fluently until he was in his twenties (and then always with a marked Polish accent). He wrote stories and novels, predominantly with a nautical or seaboard setting, that depict trials of the human spirit by the demands of duty and honor. Conrad was a master prose stylist who brought a distinctly non-English tragic sensibility into English literature. While some of his works have a strain of romanticism, he is viewed as a precursor of modernist literature. His narrative style and anti-heroic characters have influenced many authors. Films have been adapted from or inspired by Conrad's Victory, Lord Jim, The Secret Agent, An Outcast of the Islands, The Rover, The Shadow Line, The Duel, Heart of Darkness, and Nostromo. Writing in the heyday of the British Empire, Conrad drew upon his experiences in the French and later the British Merchant Navy to create short stories and novels that reflect aspects of a worldwide empire while also plumbing the depths of the human soul.

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Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
December 3, 1857
Date of Death:
August 3, 1924
Place of Birth:
Berdiczew, Podolia, Russia
Place of Death:
Bishopsbourne, Kent, England
Education:
Tutored in Switzerland. Self-taught in classical literature. Attended maritime school in Marseilles, France

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