Selected Short Stories

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Wordsworth Editions, 1997 - Fiction - 238 pages
Chosen and Introduced by Dr Keith Carabine, University of Kent at Canterbury and Chairperson of the Joseph Conrad Society of Great Britain. This specially commissioned selection of Conrad's short stories includes favourites such as 'Youth', a modern epic of the sea; 'The Secret Sharer', a thrilling psychological drama; 'An Outpost of Progress', a blackly comic prelude to 'Heart of Darkness'; 'Amy Foster', a moving story of a shipwrecked, alienated Pole; and 'The Lagoon' and 'Karain', two exotic, exciting Malay tales. 'Il Conde' and 'The Tale' are subtle portrayals of bewildered outrage; 'An Anarchist' and 'The Informer' are sardonic depictions of revolutionaries; and 'Prince Roman' is a tale of magnificent, doomed heroism set in Conrad's native Poland during the Uprising of 1831. Both those new to Conrad's work and those familiar with his novels will delight in this wide-ranging collection. AUTHOR: Born Jozef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski in Poland in 1857, Conrad served in the British Merchant Service (1878-94), travelling to Africa, Australia, India, Indonesia and the Orient, becoming a British citizen in 1886. Turning to full-time writing in 1894, his years at sea featured heavily in his early works. His novels, such as 'Lord Jim', and his novella 'Heart of Darkness' (on which the film 'Apocalypse Now' was based) have brought him an enduring reputation.

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An interesting selection of stories. Some are more 'chatty' than others such as Il Conde and the Informer but that does not lessen the descriptive power of Outpost of Progress, Karain the climax of The Secret Sharer Read full review


An Outpost of Progress
The Lagoon
A Memory
Amy Foster

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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.

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