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A Week in Literary History

December 3rd, 2002

In 1857, novelist Joseph Conrad (Lord Jim, 1900) is born Josef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski in Berdichev, Polish Ukraine.

conradphoto.pngJoseph Conrad, b. December 3, 1857, d. 1924

Conrad, born in Poland, has often been praised for his mastery of his second language, but in fact he wrote in a strange un-Engish. After a couple of notable books he published his so-called masterpiece, Lord Jim, in 1900, then needed help on three subsequent novels from Ford Madox Hueffer (later Ford Madox Ford), who later said, “Conrad spent a day finding the mot juste and then killed it.” We confess to a weakness for The Nigger of the Narcissus, but then we’re soft on sea stories, which is probably why we tolerate Lord Jim insofar as we do.

Suggested Reading Novels The Nigger of the Narcissus, 1897. Lord Jim, 1900. Nostromo, 1904. The Secret Agent, 1907. Short stories & tales Typhoon, 1902. Youth: A Narrative and Two Other Stories, 1902. The Complete Short Stories of Joseph Conrad, 1933.

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