The Arrow of Gold (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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The Arrow of Gold (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) by Joseph Conrad

The Arrow of Gold is Joseph Conrad's most romantic novel, literally a cloak-and-dagger tale set in the French port of Marseilles and the adjacent "sea of classic adventures." The principal characters are Monsieur George, a young sailor ready for love and adventure, and Doña Rita, a young woman of extraordinary wealth and beauty haunted by a mysterious threat. Supporters of a gallant but hopeless cause draw M. George into their dangerous gunrunning schemes by using Doña Rita as bait. The suspenseful story is told many years after the events in the form of a long letter from the seaman to a childhood friend. In Conrad's classic fashion, the "Two Notes" of the subtitle frame the story with multiple and clashing perspectives.

Joseph Conrad was born Józef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski in 1857 in Russian-occupied Poland. He wrote The Arrow of Gold in 1917 and 1918 during the final years of World War I when he was suffering from a serious depression owing to his poor health and inability to contribute to the war effort. Like many of Conrad's novels, The Arrow of Gold is based on an embellished version of the author's own experiences. At the time he wrote this work, Conrad was already recognized as a master of the English novel, an astonishing achievement for someone who learned English as his third language when already an adult. Among his fourteen novels and numerous novellas, short stories, and essays are Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness, Nostromo, The Secret Agent, Under Western Eyes, and Victory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760773697
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 12/22/2005
Series: Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) grew up amid political unrest in Russian-occupied Poland. After twenty years at sea with the French and British merchant navies, he settled in England in 1894. Over the next three decades he revolutionized the English novel with books such as Typhoon, Nostromo, The Secret Agent, and especially Heart of Darkness, his best-known and most influential work.

Date of Birth:

December 3, 1857

Date of Death:

August 3, 1924

Place of Birth:

Berdiczew, Podolia, Russia

Place of Death:

Bishopsbourne, Kent, England


Tutored in Switzerland. Self-taught in classical literature. Attended maritime school in Marseilles, France

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