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Joseph Conrad in Context
Cambridge University Press
9780521887922 - Joseph Conrad in Context - Edited by Allan H. Simmons
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Joseph Conrad in Context

Joseph Conrad’s Polish background, his extensive travels and his detached view of his adopted country, Britain, gave him a perspective unique among English writers of the twentieth century. Combining Continental and British influences, and Victorian and modernist styles, he was an artist acutely responsive to his age, and his works reflect and chronicle its shaping forces. This volume examines the biographical, historical, cultural and political contexts that fashioned his works. Written by a specialist, each short chapter covers a specific theme in relation to Conrad’s life and work: letters, Modernism, the sea, the Polish and French languages, the First World War and many other topics. This book will appeal to scholars as well as to those beginning their study of this extraordinary writer. It shows how this combination of different contexts allowed Conrad to become a key transitional figure in the early emergence of British literary Modernism.

Allan H. Simmons is Reader in English Literature at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, London. He has published many books and articles on Conrad over twenty years. He is one of the General Editors of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad, General Editor of The Conradian and co-General Editor of Conrad Studies.


Joseph Conrad in Context

Edited by

Allan H. Simmons


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First published 2009

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Contents

List of illustrations
viii
Notes on contributors
x
Preface
xv
List of abbreviations
xviii
Chronology
Allan H. Simmons
xx
Part I    Life and Works
1
1         Life
J. H. Stape
3
2         Chronology of composition and publication
Katherine Isobel Baxter
11
3         Language
Mary Morzinski and Véronique Pauly
18
4         Letters
Gene M. Moore
26
5         Literary influences
Owen Knowles
33
6         Biographies and memoirs
David Miller
42
7         Portraits and illustrations
J. H. Stape
49
Part II   Critical Fortunes
57
8         Critical responses: contemporary
Allan H. Simmons
59
9         Critical responses: 1925–1950
Owen Knowles
67
10        Critical responses: 1950–1975
Richard Niland
75
11        Critical responses: 1975–2000
Andrew Purssell
83
12        Dramatic and other adaptations
Richard J. Hand
91
13        Translations
Mario Curreli
99
Part III  Historical and Cultural Context
107
14        Africa
Allan H. Simmons
109
15        Anarchism
M. S. Newton
117
16        Disease and medicine
Martin Bock
124
17        Eastern Europe
Addison Bross
132
18        The Far East
J. H. Stape
139
19        Fin de siècle
Laurence Davies
147
20        The First World War
Richard Niland
155
21        Intellectual movements
Richard Niland
163
22        Literary movements
Robert Hampson
171
23        Modernism
Michael Levenson
179
24        Nationalism and Empire
Allan H. Simmons
187
25        Politics
Allan H. Simmons
195
26        Popular culture
Stephen Donovan
204
27        Publishing
Aaron Zacks
212
28        Reading
Linda Dryden
221
29        Religion
John Lester
229
30        Science and technology
Matthew Rubery
237
31        Sea
Robert Foulke
245
32        Society
Amar Acheraïou
253
Further reading
261
Index
275

Illustrations

1 Apollo Korzeniowski

Beinecke Manuscript and Rare Book Library, Yale University (Image 1009430)

2 Ewelina Korzeniowska

Beinecke Manuscript and Rare Book Library, Yale University (Image 1009402)

3 Joseph Conrad, 1863

Beinecke Manuscript and Rare Book Library, Yale University (Image 1009342)

4 Tadeusz Bobrowski

Jagiellonian Library, Cracow (Image IF 218)

5 Joseph Conrad in Cracow, 1874

Beinecke Manuscript and Rare Book Library, Yale University (Image 1009428)

6 The Duke of Sutherland, Circular Quay, Sydney, 1871

© National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

7 The Torrens in the Southern Ocean, 1895

State Library of South Australia (Image SLSA: PRG 1373/2/25)

8 Manuscript leaf: An Outcast of the Islands

Beinecke Manuscript and Rare Book Library, Yale University (Image 1009386)

9 Jessie George

Beinecke Manuscript and Rare Book Library, Yale University (Image 1009332)

10 The Conrad family, 1908

Galsworthy Memorial Collection, University of Birmingham

11 John Galsworthy

New York Public Library (Image 1241478)


12 R. B. Cunninghame Graham by Frederick Hollyers (c. 1890)

Victoria and Albert Museum, London (Image PH. 7673–1938)

13 Ford Madox Ford by E. O. Hoppé, 1915

Corbis Images UK, Ltd (Image 42–19700178)

14 Edward Garnett by Lucia Moholy, 1936

National Portrait Gallery, London (Image NPG P132)

15 Joseph Conrad by De’Ath and Condon, c. 1913

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, DC (Image LC-USZ62–67896)

16 Waterman pen advertisement

The Scotsman, 30 June 1919, p. 4

17 Conrad in Corsica with J. B. Pinker (left) and an unknown man, February 1921

Beinecke Manuscript and Rare Book Library, Yale University (Image 1009410)

18 F. N. Doubleday

New York Public Library (Image 1223690)

19 Time magazine cover, 7 April 1923

20 Joseph Conrad arriving in New York, May 1923

The Joseph Conrad Society (UK)




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