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  • 1 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 280 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.455 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 823/.912
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: PR6005.O4 Z569 1996
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Conrad, Joseph,--1857-1924--Criticism and interpretation--Handbooks, manuals, etc

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521484848 | ISBN-10: 0521484847)

The Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad offers a wide-ranging introduction to the fiction of Joseph Conrad, one of the most influential novelists of the twentieth century. Through a series of essays by leading Conrad scholars aimed at both students and the general reader, the volume stimulates an informed appreciation of Conrad's work based on an understanding of his cultural and historical situations and fictional techniques. A chronology and overview of Conrad's life precede chapters that explore significant issues in his major writings, and deal in depth with individual works. These are followed by discussions of the special nature of Conrad's narrative techniques, his complex relationships with late-Victorian imperialism and with literary Modernism, and his influence on other writers and artists. Each essay provides guidance to further reading, and a concluding chapter surveys the body of Conrad criticism.

• Comprehensive introduction to Conrad's life and work, and its cultural context, by leading Conrad scholars • Indispensable guide for all those interested in Joseph Conrad, his work, and early twentieth-century fiction generally • Strong addition to CUP's popular Companions series


Notes on contributors; Preface; Chronology of Conrad's life; List of abbreviations; 1. Conrad's life Owen Knowles; 2. The short fiction Gail Fraser; 3. 'Heart of Darkness' Cedric Watts; 4. Lord Jim J. H. Stape; 5. Nostromo Eloise Knapp Hay; 6. The Secret Agent Jacques Berthoud; 7. Under Western Eyes Keith Carabine; 8. The late novels Robert Hampson; 9. Conradian narrative Jakob Lothe; 10. Conrad and imperialism Andrea White; 11. Conrad and Modernism Kenneth Graham; 12. Conrad's influence Gene M. Moore; Further reading; Index.


'This collection will prove invaluable for anyone wishing a balanced and well rounded study of Conrad.' Contemporary Review

'This collection is particularly impressive for shedding new light on its subject while also serving as the finest single introductory volume on Conrad presently available … This volume will become required reading for Conrad scholars; it is certainly the first place I would send students new to Conrad's fiction.' English Literature in Transition, 1880–1920

'This very helpful Companion offers a series of essays on Conrad's life and major works, as well as on the topics of narrative, imperialism and Modernism, and concludes with a survey of his influence. With its index and lists of further reading it is organised for ease of use and will be profited from by a wide range of readers.' Forum for Modern Language Studies


Owen Knowles, Gail Fraser, Cedric Watts, J. H. Stape, Eloise Knapp Hay, Jacques Berthoud, Keith Carabine, Robert Hampson, Jakob Lothe, Andrea White, Kenneth Graham, Gene M. Moore

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