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An Outcast of the Islands


Part of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad

  • Date Published: April 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107126442

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  • An Outcast of the Islands (1896), Conrad's second novel, returns to the Malay world of Almayer's Folly (1895). Focusing on the collapse of Western values and morals in a colonial setting, the novel daringly portrays the power of erotic attraction and exposes the venal ambitions behind small- and large-scale political intrigues. The introduction situates the novel in Conrad's career as a writer and traces its origins and reception. The essay on the text and the apparatus explain the history of the work's composition and publication, and detail the interventions of Conrad's compositors and editors. There are notes explaining literary and historical references, a glossary of nautical terms, illustrations including pictures of early drafts, and appendixes. This edition presents the novel and its preface in forms more authoritative than any so far printed, and restores a text that has circulated in defective forms since its original publication.

    • The first full critical edition of An Outcast of the Islands
    • Provides a full and authoritative history of composition and publication
    • An MLA Approved Edition, MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions
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    '… Allan H. Simmons, in his edition of An Outcast of the Islands, clearly and efficiently presents the history of the text, including the likely provenance of the printer's copy of Doubleday's collected edition of 1920.' Dale Kramer, Joseph Conrad Today

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107126442
    • length: 522 pages
    • dimensions: 223 x 145 x 34 mm
    • weight: 0.79kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    General editors' preface
    Abbreviations and note on editions
    An Outcast of the Islands
    The texts: an essay
    Textual notes
    Explanatory notes

  • Author

    Joseph Conrad


    Allan H. Simmons, St Mary’s University, Twickenham
    Allan H. Simmons is Professor of English Literature at St Mary's University, Twickenham, and is the author of Joseph Conrad (2006) and Conrad's Heart of Darkness (2007). He has edited Conrad in Context (2009) and Joseph Conrad: The Contemporary Reviews, Volume 1 (2012), and co-edited Lord Jim and The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' and Other Stories (2007). He is also the General Editor of The Conradian: The Journal of the Joseph Conrad Society (UK).

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