Title: Conrad and His World
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication Date: 1972
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
London. 1972. Thames & Hudson. 1st British Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 128 pages. hardcover. Inscribed by The Author. 0500231710. keywords: Literature England Biography. inventory # 15177. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Joseph Conrad’s wide experience of men and the world provided him with a perfect foundation on which to build the characters and situations of his novels. It is this experience which Professor Sherry, a distinguished expert on the work of Conrad, brings so vividly to life in this brief biography with its unique collection of photographs. He shows Conrad the adventurer embarking on his maritime career at Marseilles, working his way up through the British Merchant Marine, journeying to the Far East and, most bitter experience of all, into the ‘heart of darkness’ of the Congo. But there is also the writer who, at the ending of his career at sea, had, despite the enthusiastic response of English men of letters such as Edward Garnett and Ford Madox Ford, a long struggle against public indifference, which he finally and triumphantly overcame with his bestselling novel Chance. There is an immediate attraction in the richness of incident and cosmopolitan spirit of Conrad’s writing derived directly from his own experience as a seaman in many parts of the world. The haunting atmospheres o his stones, set in exotic surroundings, are conveyed by a fastidiously masterful prose. But the fascination of such novels as Lord Jim and Under Western Eyes, and stories such as Typhoon and Youth lies much deeper: at the root of them all is a probing examination of complex moral situations viewed with an unblinking and impartial eye. With 142 illustrations. Bookseller Inventory # 15177
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