Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924
Heart of Darkness: And Selections from the Congo Diary
Heart of Darkness
And Selections from the Congo Diary
Paperback      ISBN: 037575377x
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time - Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read

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 works of fiction. Written several years after Joseph Conrad's grueling sojourn in the Belgian Congo, the novel is a complex meditation on colonialism, evil, and the thin line between civilization and barbarity. This edition contains selections from Conrad's Congo Diary of 1890--the first notes, in effect, for the novel, which was composed at the end of that decade. Virginia Woolf wrote of Conrad: "His books are full of moments of vision. They light up a whole character in a flash. . . . He could not write badly, one feels, to save his life."
Heart of Darkness/The Congo Diary
Heart of Darkness/The Congo Diary
Paperback      ISBN: 0141441674
Joseph Conrad's enduring portrait of the ugliness of colonialism. Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read

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 figure. Marlow's discovery of how Kurtz has gained his position of power over the local people involves him in a radical questioning, not only of his own nature and values, but of those that underpin Western civilization itself. This edition also includes Conrad's Congo Diary, a glossary, and an introduction discussing the author's experiences of Africa, critical responses, and the novel's symbolic complexities.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Almayer's Folly: A Story of an Eastern River
Almayer's Folly
A Story of an Eastern River
Paperback      ISBN: 0375760148
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, collapse under the weight of his own greed and prejudice. Nadine Gordimer writes in her Introduction, "Conrad's writing is lifelong questioning . . . What was 'Almayer's Folly'? The pretentious house never lived in? His obsession with gold? His obsessive love for his daughter, whose progenitors, the Malay race, he despised? All three?" Conrad established in Almayer's Folly the themes of betrayal, isolation, and colonialism that he would explore throughout the rest of his life and work.
Almayer's Folly
Almayer's Folly
Hardcover      ISBN: 0521432057

Set in eastern Borneo during the 1880s, Almayer's Folly recreates the conflicts of imperial Europe with the colonized East Indies through Kaspar Almayer's personal tragedy: his loss of both his daughter to her native lover and his dream of finding gold. This edition presents Joseph Conrad's first novel freed from seven layers of publishers' and typists' corruptions. Complete textual and contextual histories, full annotation and two regional maps are provided. This is the text, established through modern textual scholarship, as Conrad would have liked it to have appeared in 1895.

Chance: A Tale in Two Parts
Chance
A Tale in Two Parts
Paperback      ISBN: 019954977x

Chance(1914) was the first of Conrad's novels to bring him popular success and it holds a unique place among his works. It tells the story of Flora de Barral, a vulnerable and abandoned young girl who is "like a beggar, without a right to anything but compassion." After her bankrupt father is imprisoned, she learns the harsh fact that a woman in her position "has no resources but in herself." Her only means of action is to be what she is. Flora's long struggle to achieve some dignity and happiness makes her Conrad's most moving female character.
Reflecting the contemporary interest in the New Woman and the Suffragette question, Chance also marks the final appearance of Marlow, Conrad's most effective and wise narrator. This revised edition uses the English first edition text and has a new chronology and bibliography.
About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad: 1917-1919
The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad
1917-1919
Hardcover      ISBN: 0521561957

This volume presents all known Conrad letters from the years 1917-1919 (many of them published for the first time) in a framework highlighting their literary, historical, cultural, and biographical significance. His correspondence reveals his state of mind as he and his family dealt with the anxieties of the war time years, and the return to a fragile peace. During this time, Conrad published The Shadow-Line, The Arrow of Gold, and The Rescue, along with a considerable amount of shorter works, and was engaged in a critical rereading of his earlier books.

The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad: 1923-1924
The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad
1923-1924
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0521561973

Volume Eight of Conrad's collected letters covers the last nineteen months of his life (1923-24). Much of this correspondence is unpublished; its editors have had access to the major private collections as well as holdings in public and academic libraries. The letters themselves are accompanied by notes on contexts, allusions, and editorial problems, and prefaced with a general introduction and biographies of the correspondents. Letters to his family written during his visit to the United States are a notable feature of this collection, which is also rich in comments on literary questions, current events, his experiences at sea, the reception of The Rover, and work on his unfinished novel, Suspense.

The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad 9 Volume Hardback Set
The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad 9 Volume Hardback Set
Hardcover      ISBN: 0521881900

Special Price: $1450.00
Offer Valid through November 1, 2008

This landmark nine-volume set offers the complete letters of Joseph Conrad in the highly acclaimed authorized Cambridge edition. Starting with his earliest letters to his imprisoned father and following through his adult careers at sea and as a writer, and his experiences as lover, husband, friend, and parent, these volumes allow scholars to read Conrad's life in his own words. The first eight volumes present over four thousand letters in chronological order. The final volume includes, as well as a cumulative index to the edition, more than two hundred newly available letters, adding fresh nuances and complexities to the remarkable story of his life and work. In each volume, extensive explanatory notes and invaluable introductions illuminate the context of his work and times. This edition has become a standard reference work for all scholars and students of Conrad, and will retain its importance for generations to come.
The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad: Volume 9: Uncollected Letters and Indexes
The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad: Volume 9
Uncollected Letters and Indexes
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0521881897

The last volume in The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad presents over two hundred new letters written between 1892 and 1923. Some are to correspondents who have not previously appeared in the collected letters; others are to family members, friends, and colleagues familiar from earlier volumes. Many of the letters in both categories are substantial enough to justify a recharting of Conrad's work, his friendships, his experiences, and his opinions on such subjects as opera, marriage, editorial tampering, the reading public, British foreign policy, the consolations and the penalties of faith, the Dutch Empire, translating Maupassant, the power of oratory, the revolutions of 1917, and the deficiencies of Ibsen's Ghosts. This volume holds enough surprises to suggest that there can never be a final word on Conrad and includes indexes and further apparatus for the whole series.

Conrad and Masculinity
Conrad and Masculinity
Hardcover      ISBN: 0333662857

This timely study offers a radical re-reading of Conrad's work in the light of contemporary theories of masculinity. Drawing on gay studies, feminism, film theory and literary theory, Roberts shows how Conrad's fiction, even as it reflects certain assumptions of its day about the role of men in society, offers striking insights into the instability of the 'masculine'. The book explores the relationship of masculinity with colonialism, modernity, the visual and the body in a wide range of Conrad's major and lesser-known fiction.