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Joseph Conrad

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... Read More

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Almayer's Folly
Written by Joseph Conrad, Introduction by Nadine Gordimer
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | October 2002
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-76014-3 (0-375-76014-8)

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






Chance
Written by Joseph Conrad
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | January 1993
$15.00/16.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-018654-3 (0-14-018654-9)

"It is a mighty force that of mere chance, absolutely irresistible yet manifesting itself often in delicate forms such for instance as the charm, true or illusory, of a human being"

In Flora de Barral, the slender, dreamy, morbidly charming daughter of a parvenu financier, Conrad creates his most complex heroine and... Read more






Heart of Darkness
Written by Joseph Conrad, Introduction by Caryl Phillips
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | August 1999
$11.00/12.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75377-0 (0-375-75377-X)

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time

Introduction by Caryl Phillips
Commentary by H. L. Mencken, E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Bertrand Russell, Lionel Trilling, Chinua Achebe, and Philip Gourevitch


Originally published in 1902, Heart of Darkness remains one of this century’s most enduring... Read more






Heart of Darkness
Written by Joseph Conrad, Introduction by Verlyn Klinkenborg
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 1993
$19.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-42801-5 (0-679-42801-1)

In a novella which remains highly controversial to this day, Conrad explores the relations between Africa and Europe. On the surface, this is a horrifying tale of colonial exploitation. The narrator, Marlowe journeys on business deep into the heart of Africa. But there he encounters Kurtz, an idealist apparently crazed and...

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Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary
Written by Joseph Conrad, Edited by Owen Knowles and Robert Hampson, Introduction by Owen Knowles, Noted by Owen Knowles
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | September 2007
$11.00/15.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-144167-2 (0-14-144167-4)

Joseph Conrad's enduring portrait of the ugliness of colonialism

Heart of Darkness is the thrilling tale of Marlow, a seaman and wanderer recounting his physical and psychological journey in search of the infamous ivory trader Kurtz. Traveling upriver into the heart of the African continent, he gradually becomes obsessed by this enigmatic, wraith-like... Read more






Heart of Darkness
Written by Joseph Conrad, Illustrated by Mike Mignola, Introduction by Adam Hochschild, Noted by Timothy Hayes
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | August 2012
$15.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310658-6 (0-14-310658-9)

Joseph Conrad's enduring portrait of the ugliness of colonialism in a deluxe edition with a gripping cover by Hellboy artist Mike Mignola

Heart of Darkness is the thrilling tale of Marlow, a seaman and wanderer recounting his physical and psychological journey in search of the infamous ivory trader Kurtz. Traveling upriver into... Read more






Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer
Written by Joseph Conrad
Bantam Classics | Paperback | May 1982
$5.95/7.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21214-3 (0-553-21214-1)

Heart Of Darkness. The story of the civilized, enlightened Mr. Kurtz who embarks on a harrowing "night journey" into the savage heart of Africa, only to find his dark and evil soul. The Secret Sharer. The saga of a young, inexperienced skipper forced to decide the fate of a fugitive sailor... Read more






Heart of Darkness and the Secret Sharer
Written by Joseph Conrad, Afterword by Vince Passaro, Introduction by Joyce Carol Oates
Signet | Paperback | August 2008
$5.95/7.95(Canada) | 978-0-451-53103-2 (0-451-53103-5)

In this pair of literary voyages into the inner self, Joseph Conrad has written two of the most chilling, disturbing, and noteworthy pieces of fiction of the twentieth century.
 
Heart of Darkness is a devastating commentary on the corruptibility of humanity. Based on Conrad’s own 1890 trip up the... Read more






Lord Jim
Written by Joseph Conrad, Afterword by Cathy Schlund-Vials, Introduction by Linda Dryden
Signet | Paperback | June 2009
$5.95/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-53127-8 (0-451-53127-2)

A bold young English sailor has despised himself ever since an impulsive moment of cowardice. Jim moves East to Patusan, where natives worship him-and he may be able to find redemption... Read more






Lord Jim
Written by Joseph Conrad, Edited by Allan H. Simmons and J. H. Stape, Introduction by Allan H. Simmons, Noted by J. H. Stape
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | November 2007
$8.00/11.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-144161-0 (0-14-144161-5)

This compact novel, completed in 1900, as with so many of the great novels of the time, is at its baseline a book of the sea. An English boy in a simple town has dreams bigger than the outdoors and embarks at an early age into the sailor's life. The waters... Read more






Lord Jim
Written by Joseph Conrad, Introduction by Norman Sherry
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | March 1992
$22.00/29.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-40544-3 (0-679-40544-5)

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...

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Lord Jim
Written by Joseph Conrad
Bantam Classics | Paperback | February 1981
$5.95/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21361-4 (0-553-21361-X)

This immortal novel of the sea tells the story of a British sailor haunted by a single youthful act of cowardly betrayal. To the white men in Bombay, Calcutta, and Rangoon, Jim is a man of mystery. To the primitive natives deep in the Malayan jungle, he is a god gifted... Read more






Lord Jim & Nostromo
Written by Joseph Conrad, Introduction by Robert D. Kaplan
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | April 2000
$29.00/37.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75489-0 (0-375-75489-X)

Selected by the Modern Library as two of the 100 best novels of all time

WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY ROBERT D. KAPLAN
COMMENTARY BY VIRGINIA WOOLF, HAROLD BLOOM, EDWARD SAID,
F. R. LEAVIS, AND ROBERT PENN WARREN

"        Never were Mr. Conrad's felicity of phrase and charm of atmosphere more obvious. . . . A... Read more






The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' and Other Stories
Written by Joseph Conrad, Edited by Allan H. Simmons and J. H. Stape, Introduction by Gail Fraser
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | December 2007
$16.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-144170-2 (0-14-144170-4)

The volume includes: 'Youth'; 'The Secret Sharer'; 'The Lagoon'; 'An Outpost of Progress'; 'Il Conde'; 'The Duel'. The intention is a range of settings - we move from the sea to the colonial world, the Far East and Africa to England and then the Continent.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has... Read more






Nostromo
Written by Joseph Conrad, Edited by Veronique Pauly and J. H. Stape, Introduction by Veronique Pauly
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | December 2007
$16.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-144163-4 (0-14-144163-1)

Nostromo, published in 1904, is one of Conrad's finest works. Nostromo - though one hundred years old - says as much about today's Latin America as any of the finest recent accounts of that region's turbulent political life. Insistently dramatic in its storytelling, spectacular in its recreation of the subtropical landscape...

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Nostromo
Written by Joseph Conrad, Introduction by Tony Tanner
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | June 1992
$24.00/32.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-40990-8 (0-679-40990-4)

Joseph Conrad’s foresight and his ability to distill human adventure from complex historical circumstances were so keen that his greatest novel, Nostromo—though more than a century old—says as much about Latin America as any recent account of that region’s turbulent political life.
           
Conrad’s story is set in the fictional Costaguana... Read more






The Portable Conrad
Written by Joseph Conrad, Introduction by Michael Gorra
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | November 2007
$22.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310511-4 (0-14-310511-6)

A collection of Conrad's most enduring work, edited by Pulitzer Prize finalist Michael Gorra

A great novelist of the sea, a poet of the tropics, a critic of empire and analyst of globalization, a harbinger of the modern spy novel, an unparalleled observer of the moments in which people are stripped of... Read more






The Secret Agent
Written by Joseph Conrad, Introduction by E. L. Doctorow
Signet | Paperback | August 2015
$6.95/8.95(Canada) | 978-0-451-47429-2 (0-451-47429-5)

This chillingly prophetic examination of terrorism by the author of Heart of Darkness is the literary precursor to the espionage thrillers of Graham Greene and John Le Carré.

Inspired by an actual attempt to blow up the Greenwich Observatory, The Secret Agent portrays the world of late-nineteenth-century London, with its fatuous civil servants... Read more






The Secret Agent
Written by Joseph Conrad, Edited by Michael Newton and J. H. Stape, Introduction by Michael Newton
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | September 2007
$12.00/16.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-144158-0 (0-14-144158-5)

Joseph Conrad's dark satire on English society

In the only novel Conrad set in London, The Secret Agent communicates a profoundly ironic view of human affairs. The story is woven around an attack on the Greenwich Observatory in 1894 masterminded by Verloc, a Russian spy working for the police, and ostensibly... Read more






The Secret Agent
Written by Joseph Conrad, Edited by Peter Mallios, Introduction by Robert D. Kaplan
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | December 2004
$10.95/15.95(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7305-1 (0-8129-7305-4)

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time

Edited and with Notes by Peter Lancelot Mallios
Introduction by Robert D. Kaplan


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... Read more






The Secret Agent
Written by Joseph Conrad, Introduction by Paul Theroux
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | December 1992
$20.00/24.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-41723-1 (0-679-41723-0)

Inspired by an attempt in 1894 to blow up London’s Greenwich Observatory, The Secret Agent is the unsurpassed original of the long tradition of espionage thrillers that explore the confused motives at the heart of terrorism. Published in 1907, Joseph Conrad’s novel was remarkably prescient, anticipating the political contours of the next... Read more






The Shadow-Line
Written by Joseph Conrad
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2007
$10.00/11.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-38653-3 (0-307-38653-8)

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






The Shadow-Line
Written by Joseph Conrad, Introduction by Jacques Berthoud, Noted by Jacques Berthoud
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | January 1993
$13.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-018097-8 (0-14-018097-4)

A young and inexperienced sea captain finds that his first command leaves him with a ship stranded in tropical seas and a crew smitten with fever. As he wrestles with his conscience and with the increasing sense of isolation that he experiences, the captain crosses the ‘shadow-line’ between youth and adulthood... Read more






Typhoon and Other Stories
Written by Joseph Conrad, Introduction by Martin Seymour-Smith
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 1991
$22.00/28.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-40547-4 (0-679-40547-X)

Joseph Conrad’s long experience as a working seaman enriched and deepened his literary gifts, making him the most brilliant and convincing writer of seafaring’s greatest age. In the three sea stories collected here, he makes deft use of the maritime setting to enact moral dramas of men tested by the elements... Read more






Typhoon and Other Stories
Written by Joseph Conrad, Edited by J. H. Stape, Introduction by J. H. Stape
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | December 2007
$12.00/14.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-144195-5 (0-14-144195-X)

A Penguin Classics edition of “Typhoon,” “Amy Foster,” “Falk,” and “Tomorrow”

In these four stories, written between 1900 and 1902, Joseph Conrad bid gradual farewell to his adventurous life at sea and began to confront the more daunting complexities of life on land in the twentieth century. In 'Typhoon' Conrad reveals, in... Read more





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