The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad, Volume 6

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Cambridge University Press, 1983 - Biography & Autobiography - 628 pages
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This volume presents all known Conrad letters from the years 1917–1919 in a framework which highlights their literary, historical, cultural, and biographical significance. Like its predecessors, this volume includes a high proportion of previously unpublished letters, and many of those already published have appeared only in small-circulation journals. Again like its predecessors, this volume is full of surprises that require us to remould our understanding of Conrad's writings. His correspondence for these years reveals his state of mind as he and his family dealt with the constant anxieties of the war-time years, and the return to a fragile peace. During this time, Conrad published three novels - The Shadow-Line, The Arrow of Gold, and The Rescue - together with a considerable amount of shorter work, was preparing for the publication of his collected works on both sides of the Atlantic, and was engaged in a critical rereading of his earlier books.
 

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Contents

List of plates
ix
Acknowledgments
xi
List of holders of letters
xiii
Published sources of letters
xv
Other frequently cited works
xix
Chronology 19171919
xxi
Introduction to Volume Six
xxv
Conrads correspondents 19171919
xxxv
Editorial procedures
lv
Silent corrections to the text
549
Corrigenda for Volume 45
553
Indexes
555
Copyright

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About the author (1983)

Joseph Conrad is recognized as one of the 20th century's greatest English language novelists. He was born Jozef Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski on December 3, 1857, in the Polish Ukraine. His father, a writer and translator, was from Polish nobility, but political activity against Russian oppression led to his exile. Conrad was orphaned at a young age and subsequently raised by his uncle. At 17 he went to sea, an experience that shaped the bleak view of human nature which he expressed in his fiction. In such works as Lord Jim (1900), Youth (1902), and Nostromo (1904), Conrad depicts individuals thrust by circumstances beyond their control into moral and emotional dilemmas. His novel Heart of Darkness (1902), perhaps his best known and most influential work, narrates a literal journey to the center of the African jungle. This novel inspired the acclaimed motion picture Apocalypse Now. After the publication of his first novel, Almayer's Folly (1895), Conrad gave up the sea. He produced thirteen novels, two volumes of memoirs, and twenty-eight short stories. He died on August 3, 1924, in England.

Laurence Davies is Research Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College and co-author of Cunninghame Graham: A Critical Biography.

Frederick R. Karl is Professor of English at New York University. Among his books are Joseph Conrad: The Three Lives, American Fictions: 1940-1980, Modern and Modernism: The Sovereignty of the Artist 1885-1925, and Franz Kafka: Representative Man.