Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad

by Harold Bloom


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Joseph Conrad by Harold Bloom

After an adventurous youth spent as a sailor and captain, Joseph Conrad settled into the life of a successful fiction writer. His novels explore the nature of narrative, reality, and competing notions of truth. Esteemed scholar Harold Bloom introduces this new volume of contemporary critical essays on the author of such classic works as Lord Jim, Nostromo, and Heart of Darkness.

The Bloom's Modern Critical Views series presents critical portraits of the writers that are most widely read and studied in high schools and colleges. Each volume opens with an introductory essay by Harold Bloom in which he offers his insights into the author's work and an editor's note that comments on the individual analyses that follow. Also included are bibliographic references, notes on the various contributors, and a useful chronology of the writer's life. Bloom's Modern Critical Views is a critical presentation of those men and women who, from ancient times to the present, have shaped the Western literary tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604138085
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Series: Bloom's Modern Critical Views Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

One of our most popular, respected, and controversial literary critics, Yale University professor Harold Bloom's books -- about, variously, Shakespeare, the Bible, and the classic literature -- are as erudite as they are accessible.


New York, New York and New Haven, Connecticut

Date of Birth:

July 11, 1930

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A., Cornell University, 1951; Ph.D., Yale University, 1955

Table of Contents

Editor's Note vii

Introduction Harold Bloom 1

Conrad: Satire and Fiction Martin Price 13

The Secret Agent: The Irony of Home Truths Anthony Winner 33

"Heart of Darkness": Visionary Skepticism Mark A. Wollaeger 53

Conrad and the Myth of the Monstrous Town Cedric Watts 75

Subversive Plots: From Under Western Eyes to The Secret Agent Christopher GoGwilt 89

Absence and Presence in Victory Robert Hampson 123

Anti-Heroics and Epic Failures: The Case of Nostromo Terry Collits 139

"Material Interests": Conrad's Nostromo as a Critique of Global Capitalism J. Hillis Miller 151

"There Will Be Fighting": Insurgency and Postcoloniality in Almayer's Folly and An Outcast of the Islands Tom Henthorne 169

Chronology 199

Contributors 201

Bibliography 203

Acknowledgments 207

Index 209

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