Youth, Heart of Darkness, and The End of the Tether [with Biographical Introduction] by Joseph Conrad

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Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) is regarded as one of the greatest novelist in the English language, though he did not speak the language fluently until he was in his twenties. A Polish-born English novelist, Conrad was a master prose stylist who is viewed as a precursor of modernist literature. He wrote stories and novels predominantly with a nautical or seaboard setting that portray trials of the human spirit by the demands of duty and honor. "Youth" was written in 1898 and was included as the first story in the 1902 volume "Youth, a Narrative, and Two Other Stories". It is an autobiographical short story, essentially a quest tale, which tests the youthful Marlow's nerve, strength and patience on his journey to becoming a man. Also included in this volume, "Heart of Darkness" exposes the dark side of European colonization while exploring the levels of darkness that the protagonist, Marlow, encounters. Last in this volume, "The End of the Tether" tells a story of a legally blind captain who must continue to pilot his ship in order to provide for his family.


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Joseph Conrad is recognized as one of the 20th century's greatest English language novelists. He was born Jozef Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski on December 3, 1857, in the Polish Ukraine. His father, a writer and translator, was from Polish nobility, but political activity against Russian oppression led to his exile. Conrad was orphaned at a young age and subsequently raised by his uncle. At 17 he went to sea, an experience that shaped the bleak view of human nature which he expressed in his fiction. In such works as Lord Jim (1900), Youth (1902), and Nostromo (1904), Conrad depicts individuals thrust by circumstances beyond their control into moral and emotional dilemmas. His novel Heart of Darkness (1902), perhaps his best known and most influential work, narrates a literal journey to the center of the African jungle. This novel inspired the acclaimed motion picture Apocalypse Now. After the publication of his first novel, Almayer's Folly (1895), Conrad gave up the sea. He produced thirteen novels, two volumes of memoirs, and twenty-eight short stories. He died on August 3, 1924, in England.
Published October 18, 2011 by 32 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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