Joseph Conrad

Robert Hampson

Joseph Conrad

Robert Hampson

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224 pages | 40 halftones | 5 x 7 3/4
Paper $19.00 ISBN: 9781789143041 Will Publish November 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Joseph Conrad is widely recognized as one of the greatest writers of the early twentieth century. Robert Hampson traces Conrad’s life from his childhood in a Russian penal colony, through his early manhood in Marseille and his years in the British Merchant Navy, to his career as a novelist. This critical biography describes how these experiences inspired Conrad’s work, from his early Malay novels to his best-known work, Heart of Darkness. Hampson also discusses Conrad’s important relations with other writers, in particular Ford Madox Ford, as well as his late-life political engagements and his relationships with women. Featuring new interpretations of all of Conrad’s major works, this is an original interpretation of Conrad’s life of writing.
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Maya Jasanoff, Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard University, author of "The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World"
"Insightful, judicious, and elegant, Joseph Conrad marvelously distills a lifetime of learning by one of the world’s leading Conrad scholars. Hampson guides us sure-footedly through Conrad’s fascinating life—as a Polish immigrant, a professional sailor, and a belatedly successful writer—while deftly examining the critical themes of all his works. Conrad remains a complicated and controversial figure, and Hampson’s Conrad—as an introduction for students, a reference for scholars, or a meditation for general readers—delivers the best short guide to his life available."
Cedric Watts, emeritus professor of English at the University of Sussex, author of "Joseph Conrad: A Literary Life"
"Concise, lucid, balanced, precise, and reliable, the book interweaves skillfully the analyses of the literary works and the unfolding of Conrad’s life. What results is a clear, proficient, and moving account of a complex and exemplary genius."
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