Notes on Life and Letters

Notes on Life and Letters

by Joseph Conrad
     
 

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"Written from 1898 to 1919, the twenty-six essays collected in Notes on Life and Letters (1921) offer a kaleidoscopic view of Joseph Conrad's literary views, politics, commitments to maritime traditions, and interest in the events of his day, including the Titanic disaster, the First World War, and the re-emergence of his native Poland as a nation state." The…  See more details below

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"Written from 1898 to 1919, the twenty-six essays collected in Notes on Life and Letters (1921) offer a kaleidoscopic view of Joseph Conrad's literary views, politics, commitments to maritime traditions, and interest in the events of his day, including the Titanic disaster, the First World War, and the re-emergence of his native Poland as a nation state." The introduction gives the history of the gathering together of these diverse pieces into a single volume, traces the book's reception, and offers new perspectives on its relationship to Conrad's other writings. His occasional essays underwent multiple layers of unauthorized intervention by his typists, compositors and editors: this history is set out in the essay on the text and in the apparatus. The notes explain literary and historical references, identify places mentioned, and gloss foreign terms. Two maps supplement the explanatory material. This edition, established through modern textual scholarship, presents Conrad's essays and reviews in a form more authoritative than any hitherto printed.

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"This volume--with its thoughtful and thorough essays, Notes, and Apparatus--constitutes an excellent casebook on the making of critical editions. More importantly, of course, it is a major contribution to Conrad scholarship and will undoubtedly become the authoritative foundation for further research and writing on this richly varied collection of the author's journalistic writings." - Wallace Watson, Duquesne University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000739945
Publisher:
B&R Samizdat Express
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
497 KB

Meet the Author

Joseph Conrad 3 December 1857 Berdichev, Ukraine - 3 August 1924) was a Polish novelist who wrote in English, after settling in England.

Conrad is regarded as one of the great 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 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, Nostromo, and Almayer's Folly.

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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