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Joseph Conrad - Author

About the Author

Joseph Conrad (originally Józef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski) was born in the Ukraine in 1857 and grew up under Tsarist autocracy. His parents, ardent Polish patriots, died when he was a child, following their exile for anti-Russian activities, and he came under the protection of his tradition-conscious uncle, Thaddeus Bobrowski, who watched over him for the next twenty-five years.

In 1874 Bobrowski conceded to his nephew's passionate desire to go to sea and Conrad travelled to Marseilles, where he served in French merchant vessels before joining a British ship in 1878 as an apprentice.

In 1886 he obtained British nationality and his Master's certificate in the British Merchant Service. Eight years later he left the sea to devote himself to writing, publishing his first novel, Almayer's Folly, in 1895. The following year he married Jessie George and eventually settled in Kent, where he produced within fifteen years such modern classics as Youth, Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, Typhoon, Nostromo, The Secret Agent and Under Western Eyes.

He continued to write until his death in 1924. Today Conrad is generally regarded as one of the greatest writers of fiction in English - his third language. He once described himself as being concerned 'with the ideal value of things, events and people'; in the Preface to The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' he defined his task as 'by the power of the written word ... before all, to make you see'.

Author Image: Joseph Conrad - CORBIS/Bettmann

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An Outcast of the Islands

An Outcast of the Islands

Author: Joseph Conrad Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/05/2017

An Outcast of the Islands

An Outcast of the Islands

Author: Joseph Conrad Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/05/2017

Tales of Unrest

Tales of Unrest

Author: Joseph Conrad Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

Men Pushed to the Breaking Point"e;The promises, the terrors, the hopes of eternity, are the concern of the corrupt dead; but the obvious sweetness of life belongs to living, healthy men."e; - Tales of Unrest, Joseph Conrad A novel where the characters are put under heavy mental stress by fatal accidents and hostile environments and their reactions become uncontrollable.

Under Western Eyes

Under Western Eyes

Author: Joseph Conrad Format: eBook Release Date: 17/03/2016

Adventure and Corruption in Russia"e;The man who says that he has no illusions has at least that one."e;- Joseph Conrad, Under Western Eyes A four-part novel set in St. Petersburg, Russia, during the reign of Tsar Nicholas III, in which Razumov, a young student preparing for a career in the czarist bureaucracy, unwittingly becomes embroiled in the assassination of a public official.

Mirror of the Sea

Mirror of the Sea

Author: Joseph Conrad Format: eBook Release Date: 17/03/2016

Adventure on the High Seas"e;Love and regret go hand in hand in this world of changes swifter than the shifting of the clouds reflected in the mirror of the sea."e; - Joseph Conrad, The Mirror of the SeasA collection of autobiographical essays originally published as a series of magazine articles that reflect the Joseph Conrad's experiences at sea. This Xist Classics edition has been professionally formatted for e-readers with a linked table of contents. This eBook also contains a bonus book club leadership guide and discussion questions. We hope you'll share this book with your friends, neighbors and colleagues and can't wait to hear what you have to say about it.Xist Publishing is a digital-first publisher. Xist Publishing creates books for the touchscreen generation and is dedicated to helping everyone develop a lifetime love of reading, no matter what form it takes

Shadow-Line

Shadow-Line

Author: Joseph Conrad Format: eBook Release Date: 17/03/2016

A Coming of Age Story at Sea."e;The atmosphere of officialdom would kill anything that breathes the air of human endeavor, would extinguish hope and fear alike in the supremacy of paper and ink."e; - Joseph Conrad, The Shadow-Line The novel illustrates the development of a young man upon taking a captaincy in the Orient, with the shadow line of the title representing the threshold of this development. This Xist Classics edition has been professionally formatted for e-readers with a linked table of contents. This eBook also contains a bonus book club leadership guide and discussion questions. We hope you'll share this book with your friends, neighbors and colleagues and can't wait to hear what you have to say about it.Xist Publishing is a digital-first publisher. Xist Publishing creates books for the touchscreen generation and is dedicated to helping everyone develop a lifetime love of reading, no matter what form it takes.

Secret Sharer

Secret Sharer

Author: Joseph Conrad Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2014

Trajectory presents classics of world literature with 21st century features! Our original-text editions include the following visual enhancements to foster a deeper understanding of the work: Word Clouds at the start of each chapter highlight important words. Word, sentence, paragraph counts, and reading time help readers and teachers determine chapter complexity. Co-occurrence graphs depict character-to-character interactions as well character to place interactions. Sentiment indexes identify positive and negative trends in mood within each chapter. Frequency graphs help display the impact this book has had on popular culture since its original date of publication. Use Trajectory analytics to deepen comprehension, to provide a focus for discussions and writing assignments, and to engage new readers with some of the greatest stories ever told. "e;The Secret Sharer"e; by Joseph Conrad is a story about a young captain's first voyage on sea where the seaman encounters and hides a fugitive.

Shadow Line; a confession

Shadow Line; a confession

Author: Joseph Conrad Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2014

Trajectory presents classics of world literature with 21st century features! Our original-text editions include the following visual enhancements to foster a deeper understanding of the work: Word Clouds at the start of each chapter highlight important words. Word, sentence, paragraph counts, and reading time help readers and teachers determine chapter complexity. Co-occurrence graphs depict character-to-character interactions as well character to place interactions. Sentiment indexes identify positive and negative trends in mood within each chapter. Frequency graphs help display the impact this book has had on popular culture since its original date of publication. Use Trajectory analytics to deepen comprehension, to provide a focus for discussions and writing assignments, and to engage new readers with some of the greatest stories ever told. "e;The Shadow Line; a confession"e; by Joseph Conrad is a novel written in 1915 that centers around a deep, conflicted seaman, Captain Giles.

Youth, a Narrative

Youth, a Narrative

Author: Joseph Conrad Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2014

Trajectory presents classics of world literature with 21st century features! Our original-text editions include the following visual enhancements to foster a deeper understanding of the work: Word Clouds at the start of each chapter highlight important words. Word, sentence, paragraph counts, and reading time help readers and teachers determine chapter complexity. Co-occurrence graphs depict character-to-character interactions as well character to place interactions. Sentiment indexes identify positive and negative trends in mood within each chapter. Frequency graphs help display the impact this book has had on popular culture since its original date of publication. Use Trajectory analytics to deepen comprehension, to provide a focus for discussions and writing assignments, and to engage new readers with some of the greatest stories ever told. "e;Youth, a Narrative"e; by Joseph Conrad is a short story about a young seaman's voyage to Bangkok.

End of the Tether

End of the Tether

Author: Joseph Conrad Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2014

Trajectory presents classics of world literature with 21st century features! Our original-text editions include the following visual enhancements to foster a deeper understanding of the work: Word Clouds at the start of each chapter highlight important words. Word, sentence, paragraph counts, and reading time help readers and teachers determine chapter complexity. Co-occurrence graphs depict character-to-character interactions as well character to place interactions. Sentiment indexes identify positive and negative trends in mood within each chapter. Frequency graphs help display the impact this book has had on popular culture since its original date of publication. Use Trajectory analytics to deepen comprehension, to provide a focus for discussions and writing assignments, and to engage new readers with some of the greatest stories ever told. "e;The End of the Tether"e; by Joseph Conrad tells the story of a deep, conflicted seaman, Captain Whalley.

Secret Agent: a Simple Tale

Secret Agent: a Simple Tale

Author: Joseph Conrad Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2014

Trajectory presents classics of world literature with 21st century features! Our original-text editions include the following visual enhancements to foster a deeper understanding of the work: Word Clouds at the start of each chapter highlight important words. Word, sentence, paragraph counts, and reading time help readers and teachers determine chapter complexity. Co-occurrence graphs depict character-to-character interactions as well character to place interactions. Sentiment indexes identify positive and negative trends in mood within each chapter. Frequency graphs help display the impact this book has had on popular culture since its original date of publication. Use Trajectory analytics to deepen comprehension, to provide a focus for discussions and writing assignments, and to engage new readers with some of the greatest stories ever told. "e;The Secret Agent: a Simple Tale"e; by Joseph Conrad is a fictional novel based on the actual events surrounding the attempted bombing of the Greenwich Observatory in 1894.

Twixt Land & Sea

Twixt Land & Sea

Author: Joseph Conrad Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/02/2008

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