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Joseph Conrad (1857 – 1924)

Nationality: British
Born: Polish
Periods: British: 20th Century
              British: 19th Century

author of Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim

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Collected Stories of Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness

Lord Jim


The Secret Agent

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Criticism about Joseph Conrad

Gothicism in Conrad and Dostoevsky
“Though the critical establishment has long since labelled both artists as psychological, even political novelists, Conrad and Dostoevsky are also authors of what is usually called ‘popular’ fiction. Under this broad, notoriously problematic heading, are included such independent genres as ‘adventure, thriller and detective writing’; ‘romance’ literature; and Gothic fiction.’ Each of these literary forms, I would argue, can be claimed to exist in Conrad and Dostoevsky’s complex fictional worlds. It is the world of ‘Gothic’ fiction that I shall focus on.”
Contains: Criticism
Author: Robert Berry
From: Deep South Vol. 1 No. 2 (May 1995)
Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)
This site includes critical information on The Secret Agent and others of Conrad’s works.
Contains: Commentary, Criticism
From: Eldritch Press
Joseph Conrad: The Sense of Self
“Joseph Conrad’s stories The Secret Sharer, Heart of Darkness, and The Shadow Line share a number of themes. All three stories deal with a process of maturing that involves the loss of youthful illusions, a process usually precipitated by an actual “trial” that challenges the protagonist’s professional skills as well as his assumptions about his identity and sanity. In successfully dealing with the crisis, the protagonist reconstructs his identity and develops moral ideas rooted in acknowledgement of his own and others’ human weaknesses and thus of men’s necessary interdependence.”
Contains: Criticism
Author: Shirley Galloway

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English 455: Colloquium on Joseph Conrad
This site contains lecture and discussion notes for an undergraduate class on Joseph Conrad. The novels included are: Lord Jim , Nostromo, Secret Agent, Under Western Eyes.
Contains: Commentary
Author: Richard Ruppel

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