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Joseph Conrad

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Joseph Conrad, christened Josef Teodor Konrad, Nalecz Korzeniowski, was born on December 3, 1857, in a part of Russia that had once belonged to Poland. His parents were members of the landed gentry, but as ardent Polish patriots, the suffered considerably for their political views. Orphaned at eleven, Conrad attended school for a few years in Cracow, He soon concluded, however, that there was no future for a Pole in occupied Poland, and at sixteen he left his ancestral home forever.

The sea was Conrad's love and career for the next twenty years. In the French merchant marine, he sailed to the West. Indies, smuggled guns to Spanish rebels, ran into debt, and bungled a suicide attempt Then in the British merchant navy, he rose to first mate and finally to captain, sailing to Australia and Borneo and surviving at least one shipwreck. In 1890 he contracted to become captain of a Congo River steamer, but the six months he spent in Africa led only to disillusionment and ill health; this episode would become the basis for Conrad's masterpiece, Heart of Darkness. Reluctantly leaving the merchant service, he settled in England and completed his first novel, Almayer's Folly, already begun at sea.

Hi subsequent works, many of which drew upon his sea experiences, include The Nigger of the "Narcissus" (1897), Lord Jim (1900), Heart of Darkness (1902), Youth (1902) Typhoon (1903), Nastromo (1904), The Secret Agent (1907), The Secret Sharer (1910), Under the Western Eyes (1911), and Chance (1913). The man who was twenty-one years old before he spoke a word of English is now regarded as one of the superb English stylists of all time. Conrad died almost literally on his desk in 1924, at the age of sixty-six.

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Almayer's Folly
A Story of an Eastern River
Written by Joseph Conrad
Introduction by Nadine Gordimer


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $14.00

Almayer’s Folly, Joseph Conrad’s first novel, is a tale of personal tragedy as well as a broader meditation on the evils of colonialism. Set in the lush jungle of Borneo in the late 1800s, it tells of the Dutch merchant Kaspar Almayer, whose dreams of riches for his beloved daughter, Nina... Read more >
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Almayer's Folly
A Story of an Eastern River
Written by Joseph Conrad
Introduction by Nadine Gordimer


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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Heart of Darkness and Selections from the Congo Diary

Written by Joseph Conrad


Format: eBook, 176 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 31, 2000
Price: $7.99

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Heart of Darkness

Written by Joseph Conrad


Format: eBook, 94 pages
Publisher: New Canadian Library
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $1.99

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Heart of Darkness

Written by Joseph Conrad
Introduction by Caryl Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 10, 1999
Price: $11.00

With an Introduction by Caryl Phillips Commentary by H.L. Mencken, E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Bertrand Russell, Lionel Trilling, Chiua Achebe, and Philip Gourevitch, Heart of Darkness, which appeared at the very beginning of our century, was a Cassandra cry announcing the end of Victorian Europe, on the verge of... Read more >
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Heart of Darkness

Written by Joseph Conrad


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 26, 1993
Price: $18.00

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Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer

Written by Joseph Conrad


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: March 2, 2004
Price: $1.99

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Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer

Written by Joseph Conrad


Format: Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: May 1, 1982
Price: $4.95

In Conrad's haunting tale, Marlow, a seaman and wanderer, recounts his physical and psychological journey in search of the enigmatic Kurtz. Travelling to the heart of the African continent, he discovers how Kurtz has gained his position of power and influence over the local people. Marlow's struggle to fathom his experience... Read more >
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Lord Jim

Written by Joseph Conrad


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: March 10, 1992
Price: $22.00

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Lord Jim

Written by Joseph Conrad


Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: February 1, 1981
Price: $5.95

Lord Jim is a classic story of one man's tragic failure and eventual redemption, told under the circumstances of high adventure at the margins of the known world which made Conrad's work so immediately popular. But it is also the book in which its author, through a brilliant adaptation of his... Read more >
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Lord Jim & Nostromo

Written by Joseph Conrad
Introduction by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 18, 2000
Price: $29.00

Originally published in 1900, Lord Jim is one of Joseph Conrad's most complex literary masterpieces. The story of a young sailor whose moment of cowardice haunts him for the rest of his life, Lord Jim explores Conrad's lifelong obsessions with the nature of guilt and the possibility of redemption.
        Nostromo is considered... Read more >

Lord Jim and Nostromo
(A Modern Library E-Book)
Written by Joseph Conrad


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 1, 2000
Price: $11.99

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Lord Jim

Written by Joseph Conrad


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: June 26, 2007
Price: $1.99

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Nostromo

Written by Joseph Conrad


Format: Hardcover, 576 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: June 2, 1992
Price: $20.00

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Nostromo
(A Modern Library E-Book)
Written by Joseph Conrad


Format: eBook, 528 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 1, 2000
Price: $9.99

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The Secret Agent
A Simple Tale
Written by Joseph Conrad
Edited by Peter Mallios
Introduction by Robert D. Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 14, 2004
Price: $10.95

In reexamining The Secret Agent in a post-9/11 world, Robert D. Kaplan praises Joseph Conrad’s “surgical insight into the mechanics of terrorism,” calling the book “a fine example of how a savvy novelist may detect the future long before a social scientist does.”

This intense 1907 thriller–a precursor to works by... Read more >
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The Secret Agent

Written by Joseph Conrad


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: December 15, 1992
Price: $20.00

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The Secret Agent
(A Modern Library E-Book)
Written by Joseph Conrad


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 1, 2000
Price: $4.99

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The Shadow-Line
A Confession
Written by Joseph Conrad


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $10.00

The masterpiece of Joseph Conrad’s later years, the autobiographical short novel The Shadow-Line depicts a young man at a crossroads in his life, facing a desperate crisis that marks the “shadow-line” between youth and maturity.

This brief but intense story is a dramatically fictionalized account of Conrad’s first command as a young... Read more >
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The Shadow-Line
A Confession
Written by Joseph Conrad


Format: eBook, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2010
Price: $4.99

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Typhoon and Other Stories

Written by Joseph Conrad


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 15, 1991
Price: $19.00

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Under Western Eyes

Written by Joseph Conrad
Introduction by Jeffrey Meyers


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 10, 2001
Price: $11.95

Hailed as one of Joseph Conrad's finest literary achievements, this is the story of a young man unwittingly caught in the political turmoil of pre-Revolutionary czarist Russia.

A gripping novel that ultimately questions our capacity for moral strength and the depths of human integrity. This new edition includes commentary and a... Read more >
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Under Western Eyes

Written by Joseph Conrad


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 26, 1991
Price: $20.00

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Under Western Eyes

Written by Joseph Conrad
Introduction by Jeffrey Meyers


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 27, 2010
Price: $2.99

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Victory
An Island Tale
Written by Joseph Conrad
Introduction by Peter Mallios


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 8, 2003
Price: $14.00

Edited, with an Introduction and Notes, by Peter Mallios.

“With Victory, Conrad inaugurated a new style and aesthetic,” writes Peter Lancelot Mallios in his Introduction to this Modern Library edition. “The tremendous literary sophistication to be found in Victory does not result in the exclusion of the popular reader.”

Set in the... Read more >
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