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Lord Jim, (A Norton Critical Edition), Second Edition

Joseph Conrad (Author), Thomas C. Moser (Ed.)

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ISBN 10: 0393963357 / ISBN 13: 9780393963359
Published by W.W. Norton & Company/Viva Books, 2010
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This revised Norton Critical Edition represents a complete recasting of the 1968 edition. In accordance with recent scholarship, the preferred first English edition (William Blackwood & Sons, 1900) is now the copy-text. The novel is accompanied by expanded annotations, textual notes (including all variants in the heavily revised magazine version of Lord Jim as well as the book editions published in Conrad?s lifetime), and "A Lord Jim Gazetteer and Glos sary of Eastern and Nautical Terms." A wealth of background and source material is included. Conrad?s correspondence; a previously unavailable account of Lord Jim?s several endings; richly detailed accounts of the novel?s historical and literary sources; geographical and topographical studies; six illustrations; and two maps. The best critical writing on Lord Jim is presented in twelve essays by Hugh Clifford, Albert J. Guerard, Ian Watt, Fredric Jameson, J. Hillis Miller, Edward Said, Philip M. Weinstein, Paul B. Armstrong, Marianne DeKoven, and Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan, among others. A selected bibliography in included. Contents: The Text of Lord Jim ? Textual history ? Textual Notes ? A Lord Jim Gazerfeer and Glossary of Eastern And Nautical Terms ? Backgrounds ? Editor?s Note on the Composition of Lord Jim ? Alexander Janta [Tuan Jim: A Sketchl ? Correspondence Related to Lord Jim ? The Division, by Chapters, of the Monthly Installments of Lord Jim: A Sketch in Blackwood?s Edinburgh Magazine ? Ernest W. Sullivan -The Several Endings of Joseph Conrad?s Lord Jim ? Sources ? Norman Sherry ? The Pilgrim-Ship Episode ? The Bornean River and Its People ? Hans van Marle and Pierre Lefranc - Ashore and Afloat: New Perspectives on Topography and Geography in Lord Jim ? Dwight H. Purdy -The Chronology of Lord Jim ? Pierre Lefranc - Conradian Backgrounds and Contexts for Lord Jim ? Criticism ? Anonymous - New York Tribune, November 3, 1900 ? Anonymous - Spectator, November 24, 1900 ? Hugh Clifford - The Genius of Mr. Joseph Conrad ? Albert J. Guerard - Lord Jim ? Ian Watt - Composition and Sources - The Friendship ? Fredric Jameson [ and Reification in Lord Jim] ? J.Hillis Miller - Lord Jim: Repetition as Subversion of Organic Form ? Edward Said [ Presentation of Narrative in Lord Jim] ? Philip M. Weinstein - "Nothing Can Touch Me": Lord Jim ? Paul B. Armstrong [Monism and Pluralism in Lord Jim] ? Marianne De Koven - The Destructive Element: Lord Jim ? Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan - The Failure of Myth: Lord Jim Printed Pages: 520. Bookseller Inventory # 8701

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Title: Lord Jim, (A Norton Critical Edition), ...

Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company/Viva Books

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: 2nd edition.

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This Norton Critical Edition provides the most authoritative text of Lord Jim yet published; it is based on the definitive third English edition, collated with the periodical version that appeared in Blackwood’s Magazine and with the first English edition.

All discrepancies have been checked against the second English edition and the second American edition; the resulting Textual Notes include over 500 substantive changes.

The text is thoroughly annotated, and the editor has added a "Glossary of Eastern and Nautical Terms."

"Backgrounds" includes the complete text of "Tuan Jim."

"Sources" is a special section edited for this Norton Critical Edition by Dr. Norman Sherry of the University of Liverpool, presenting his discoveries about the real-life counterpart of Lord Jim, the incidents described in the novel, and life in the Dutch East Indies in the nineteenth century.  Dr. Sherry is the author of Conrad's Eastern World.

Among the perspectives presented in "Criticism" are those of Hugh Clifford, Albert J. Guerard, Ian Watt, Fredric Jameson, J. Hillis Miller, Edward Said, Philip M. Weinstein, Paul B. Armstrong, Marianne DeKoven, and Daphana Erdinast-Vulcan.


When Lord Jim first appeared in 1900, many took Joseph Conrad to task for couching an entire novel in the form of an extended conversation--a ripping good yarn, if you like. (One critic in The Academy complained that the narrator "was telling that after-dinner story to his companions for eleven solid hours.") Conrad defended his method, insisting that people really do talk for that long, and listen as well. In fact his chatty masterwork requires no defense--it offers up not only linguistic pleasures but a timeless exploration of morality.

The eponymous Jim is a young, good-looking, genial, and naive water-clerk on the Patna, a cargo ship plying Asian waters. He is, we are told, "the kind of fellow you would, on the strength of his looks, leave in charge of the deck." He also harbors romantic fantasies of adventure and heroism--which are promptly scuttled one night when the ship collides with an obstacle and begins to sink. Acting on impulse, Jim jumps overboard and lands in a lifeboat, which happens to be bearing the unscrupulous captain and his cohorts away from the disaster. The Patna, however, manages to stay afloat. The foundering vessel is towed into port--and since the officers have strategically vanished, Jim is left to stand trial for abandoning the ship and its 800 passengers.

Stripped of his seaman's license, convinced of his own cowardice, Jim sets out on a tragic and transcendent search for redemption. This may sound like the bleakest of narratives. But Lord Jim is also touching, elevating, and often funny. Here, for example, the narrator describes the ship's captain (proving that clothes do indeed make the man):

He made me think of a trained baby elephant walking on hind-legs. He was extravagantly gorgeous too--got up in a soiled sleeping suit, bright green and deep orange vertical stripes, with a pair of ragged straw slippers on his bare feet, and somebody's cast-off pith hat, very dirty and two sizes too small for him, tied up with a manilla rope-yarn on the top of his big head. You understand a man like that hasn't a ghost of a chance when it comes to borrowing clothes.
This is formidable prose by any standard. But when you consider that Conrad was working in his third language, the sublime after-dinner story that is Lord Jim seems even more astonishing an accomplishment. --Teri Kieffer

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