Joseph Conrad

J.H. Stape

in Victorian Literature

ISBN: 9780199799558
Published online March 2011 | | DOI:
Joseph Conrad

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Joseph Conrad was the pen name of Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski (b. 1857–d. 1924), coat of arms Nałęcz, born to Polish gentry parents in Berdyczów, Ukraine (near Kiev), then part of the vast Russian Empire. He is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential English novelists of high modernism. Having arrived in England to serve in the merchant service, he settled permanently in the country and became a British subject, writing in his third language (French being his second). Abandoning a twenty-year career at sea to write full-time, he was acclaimed from the outset of his career as a writer of note, his style, vision, and “exotic” subject matter drawing abundant and often informed critical attention. His major phase extends from about 1897 to 1911 (from The Nigger of the Narcissus to Under Western Eyes); his late work, from 1919 until his death (The Arrow of Gold to Suspense), represents a considerable decline in quality. His output includes several volumes of short fiction and nonfiction (including memoirs) as well as a volume of plays. “Heart of Darkness” (1898), Lord Jim (1900), Nostromo (1904), and The Secret Agent (1908), widely considered to be his most innovative works, are key works of literary modernism.

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