Conrad is considered an early modernist, though his works contain elements of 19th-century realism. His narrative style and anti-heroic characters have influenced numerous authors, and many films have been adapted from, or inspired by, his works. Numerous writers and critics have commented that Conrad's fictional works, written largely in the first two decades of the 20th century, seem to have anticipated later world events.
Writing near the peak of the British Empire, Conrad drew, among other things, on his native Poland's national experiences and on his own experiences in the French and British merchant navies, to create short stories and novels that reflect aspects of a European-dominated world—including imperialism and colonialism—and that profoundly explore the human psyche.
The Joseph Conrad Collection by Steppenwolf Press brings together his greatest works, featuring:
An Outcast of the Islands
The Nigger of the Narcissus
Heart of Darkness
The Secret Agent
The Nature of a Crime
Under Western Eyes
Victory: An Island Tale
The Shadow Line
The Arrow of Gold
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About the Author
Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) grew up amid political unrest in Russian-occupied Poland. After twenty years at sea with the French and British merchant navies, he settled in England in 1894. Over the next three decades he revolutionized the English novel with books such as Typhoon, Nostromo, The Secret Agent, and especially Heart of Darkness, his best-known and most influential work.
Date of Birth:December 3, 1857
Date of Death:August 3, 1924
Place of Birth:Berdiczew, Podolia, Russia
Place of Death:Bishopsbourne, Kent, England
Education:Tutored in Switzerland. Self-taught in classical literature. Attended maritime school in Marseilles, France
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Active table of contents useless, as it just gives chapter numbers without the novel titles. Plan on reading the last 100 pages of Nostromo? Sorry, they aren't there! Would like my money back. But yes, it is impressively large, I guess.
I read Heart of Darkness in college and was looking for more Joseph Conrad and came across this. This is a great collection with tons of his work. It's also pretty easy to navigate. There's a table of contents leading to each book, and then each book has its own table of contents too. Great stuff that will keep me busy for quite a while.