The Mirror of the Sea

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Joseph Conrad, born Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, (1857-1924) was a Polish-born novelist who spent most of his adult life in Britain. He is regarded as one of the greatest English novelists, which is even more notable because he did not learn to speak English well until he was in his 20s. He is recognized as a master prose stylist. Some of his works have a strain of romanticism, but more importantly he is recognized as an important forerunner of modernist literature. His narrative style and anti-heroic ...
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Overview

Joseph Conrad, born Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, (1857-1924) was a Polish-born novelist who spent most of his adult life in Britain. He is regarded as one of the greatest English novelists, which is even more notable because he did not learn to speak English well until he was in his 20s. He is recognized as a master prose stylist. Some of his works have a strain of romanticism, but more importantly he is recognized as an important forerunner of modernist literature. His narrative style and anti-heroic characters have influenced many writers, including Ernest Hemingway, D.H. Lawrence and Graham Greene. Writing during the apogee of the British Empire, Conrad drew upon his experiences in the British Merchant Navy to create novels and short stories that reflected aspects of a world-wide empire while also plumbing the depths of the human soul. Amongst his best known works are Heart of Darkness (1899), Lord Jim (1900), Under Western Eyes (1911), Victory (1915) and The Rescue (1920).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846372445
  • Publisher: Echo Library
  • Publication date: 12/22/2005
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (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."

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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

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    Posted April 21, 2014

    Excellant book

    I love all his books

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    Posted March 17, 2014

    Soul

    Dont worry. Ill help. Coe to te camp before this oe

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Green eyes

    *look upon camp, anger seething in my eyes...* Broken is so going down *i growl to myself softly*

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    Posted March 17, 2014

    Julius

    Thinks about how life would improve without broken. Then thought about how much trouble he could get in for even thinkng this let alone consider it

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    Jenny

    Ya i can back uh.. later.. if your alive.. bye bye..

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    Ok julius

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    Rowan

    Is dragged in bloody and unmoving

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    Great read

    I havent read Conrad in a while. These were great essays. Especially rulers of the east and west.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Wow

    This is my introduction to Conrad, and as good a start as any for me. Even more so as English was his THIRD language. His descriptions of life at sea as well as on land are simply stunning. Perfectly crafted sentences as well as paragraphs, many of which I will take to my grave. Not to get "All School Yard" on you but...Conrad Rules!!!

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    Posted May 10, 2012

    Yes!!!!! First to write review!

    I dont know if this is a good book or not. I just wanted to be the first

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