The Selected Letters of Joseph Conrad

The Selected Letters of Joseph Conrad


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Since the publication of the Cambridge edition of The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad, the numerous letters in the nine volumes, many of them published for the first time and many more taken from hard-to-find books and journals, have had a profound influence on writing about Conrad. This selection makes the highlights available in one volume. The letters have been re-edited with shorter footnotes and an emphasis on the latest scholarship. Letters originally written in French or Polish appear only in revised English translations. Among the topics that stand out are Conrad's memories of growing up in Poland and Ukraine, his ideas about fiction, often expressed in precise but sympathetic comments on the work of his friends, the anxieties of war and revolution, his struggle to keep his integrity as a writer, and his lives as a sailor and a family man.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521191920
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/03/2015
Series: The Cambridge Edition of the Letters of Joseph Conrad
Pages: 596
Product dimensions: 5.79(w) x 8.78(h) x 1.26(d)

About the Author

Laurence Davies is Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Glasgow.

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

Table of Contents

Introduction; Letters: 1861–1893; 1894–1897; 1898–1902; 1903–1908; 1909–1913; 1914–1918; 1919–1922; 1924–1924; Conrad's correspondents.

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