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The Secret Agent / Edition 2
     

The Secret Agent / Edition 2

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by Joseph Conrad
 

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ISBN-10: 0192801694

ISBN-13: 9780192801692

Pub. Date: 04/28/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The Secret Agent is the unsurpassed ancestor of a long series of twentieth-century novels and films which explore the confused motives that lie at the heart of political terrorism. In its use of powerful psychological insight to intensify narrative suspense, it set the terms by which subsequent works in its genre were created. Conrad was the first novelist to

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The Secret Agent is the unsurpassed ancestor of a long series of twentieth-century novels and films which explore the confused motives that lie at the heart of political terrorism. In its use of powerful psychological insight to intensify narrative suspense, it set the terms by which subsequent works in its genre were created. Conrad was the first novelist to discover the strange in-between territory of the political exile, and his genius was such that we still have no truer map of that region's moral terrain than his story of a terrorist plot and its tragic consequences for the guilty and innocent alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192801692
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Joseph Conrad: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
Author’s Note

The Secret Agent

Appendix A: London

  1. From Charles Dickens, Bleak House (1853)
  2. From Ford Madox Hueffer, The Soul of London:A Survey of a Modern City (1905)

Appendix B: Anarchism and Terrorism

  1. From The Times (16 February 1894)
  2. From Isabel Meredith, A Girl Among the Anarchists (1903)
  3. From Joseph Conrad, a letter to R.B. Cunninghame Graham (20 December 1897)
  4. From Joseph Conrad, a letter to R.B. Cunninghame Graham (7 October 1907)
  5. From Peter Kropotkin, “Anarchism,” Encyclopaedia Britannica (1910)
  6. Peter Kropotkin, “The Scientific Bases of Anarchy” (1887)
  7. From Report of the Royal Commission on Alien Immigration (1903)
  8. From The Saturday Review (9 June 1906)

Appendix C: Degeneration

  1. From Charles Darwin, Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animal (1872)
  2. From E. Ray Lankester, Degeneration: A Chapter in Darwinism (1880)
  3. From Cesare Lombroso, “Illustrative Studies in Criminal Anthropology: The Physiognomy of the Anarchists” (1890)
  4. From Max Nordau, Degeneration (1892)

Appendix D: Heat Death, Entropy, and Time

  1. From William Thomson, “On a Universal Tendency in Nature to the Dissipation of Mechanical Energy” (1852)
  2. From William Thomson, “On the Age of the Sun’s Heat” (1862)
  3. From Algernon Charles Swinburne, “The Garden of Proserpine” (1866)
  4. From Balfour Stewart and J. Norman Lockyer, “The Sun as a Type of the Material Universe” (1868)

Appendix E: Marriage and Feminism

  1. From Coventry Patmore, “The Angel in the House” (1863)
  2. From John Ruskin, Sesame and Lilies (1865)
  3. From Mona Caird, “Marriage” (1888)
  4. From Sarah Grand, “The New Aspect of the Woman Question” (1894)
  5. From Hugh E.M. Stutfield, “The Psychology of Feminism” (1897)

Appendix F: Contemporary Reviews

  1. Country Life (21 September 1907)
  2. E.V. Lucas, Times Literary Supplement (20 September 1907)
  3. New York Times Book Review (21 September 1907)
  4. Edward Garnett, The Nation (26 September 1907)
  5. William Morton Payne, The Dial (16 October 1907)
  6. Glasgow News (3 October 1907)
  7. John Galsworthy, Fortnightly Review (1 April 1908)

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Secret Agent (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Ryan Mihalak More than 1 year ago
I would have given it 5 stars except for the idiotic and long intro (80 pages, really?) included. I read to escape the reality of the world, if only for a few minutes. I don't need 1/4 of a book (literally) comprised of an intro, written by a liberal hack. I bought this book for Conrad's writing, not Steven Marcus (if I wanted to read his writings, I'd search out his published works). Not sure I'll ever buy a B&N classics book again - I'll try to find an out of print copy or alternative means. Secondly, he gives away the book in his intro. For such an "esteemed" writer, you'd think he'd know how an intro should be penned.
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Otay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A couple small critiques before I heap praise onto Conrad's The Secret Agent. First, Steven Marcus (the writer of the Introduction and Endnotes) appears to do too much work within this. Over 90 pages of introductory material that give away key plot points, it's best if it is skipped and then read afterwards, if you wish. The endnotes are also much more numerous than necessary; in fact, quite a few of them refer to knowledge that may be common to yourself. They also often refer back to the introduction, which suckers readers into perusing it for more information. Second, Conrad (to paraphrase a review found in the rear of the book) lengthens a short story. This is a novel that could easily be 70 pages long, if not for the over-descriptive text in-between conversations describing characters emotions hanging on every statement. But there is a catch-22. This is necessary, though not at the time. Conrad plays up simple conversations which enhances some foreshadowing by attempting to create dramatic tension in seemingly normal conversations. By doing so, he lengthens a story, which the reader realizes is running on far too long about half-way through it, when a simple two-minute conversation is stretched out over 20 or so pages through Conrad's flowery descriptions of the inner-workings of the character's minds. This is all annoying to the audience, but we find out it is necessary during the novel's climax, in which (avoiding spoilers while describing as best I can here) Conrad finally enchants us with the back-and-forth mind-readings of a psychological breakdown and the blissfully unaware victim. If Conrad does not prepare us properly for this descriptive scene, we are feeling that the climax is aggressively drawn out, and thus seems unreal. By stretching out the novel, he allows the plot to simmer slowly, instead of microwaving his soup. For readers who can afford to plow through intricately sowed fields of plot, the payoff is one that provides a couple of excellently played twists at the end. For those that are impatient, this novel is one they should pass up; but they do so at their own spoils.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This comment is specific to the eBook version I recently received. There are a number of places where a line (or more) of text is missing. Other times, there is a portion of a paragraph inserted in a place where it clearly does not flow. The galley proof should be checked more carefully before production.
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