Serialized in Ford Madox Ford's English Review in 1908–9, A Personal Record (1912) both documents and fictionalizes Conrad's early life and the opening stages of his careers as a writer and as a seaman. It is also an artistic and political manifesto. This volume provides the most accurate and scholarly edition available. Mistakes introduced by typists and earlier publishers have been corrected to present the text as Conrad intended it. The introduction traces Conrad's sources and gives the history of writing and reception. The essay on the text and the apparatus set out the textual history. The notes explain literary and historical references, identify places, and gloss foreign terms. Four maps and a genealogical table supplement this explanatory material. This edition of A Personal Record, established through modern textual scholarship, presents Conrad's reminiscences and the volume's two prefaces in forms more authoritative than any so far printed.
• The most accurate text available of Conrad's most important autobiographical work • Exhaustively annotated with explanatory and textual notes • The Introduction, maps and table help the reader understand the work in its context
Chronology; Abbreviations; Introduction; A Personal Record; Author's Note; A Familiar Preface; The Texts: An Essay; A Personal Record; Serialization; Book Editions; 'A Familiar Preface'; Copy-texts; Emendation; The 'Author's Note'; The Cambridge Texts; Apparatus; Emendation and Variation; Emendations of Accidentals; End-of-line Word-division; Appendix; Extracts from Tadeusz Bobrowski's Pamietnik; Notes.