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       Joseph Conrad (originally Jozef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski) was born in the Ukraine in 1857 and grew up under Tsarist autocracy. His parents, ardent Polish patriots, died when he was a child, following their exile for anti-Russian activities, and he came under the protection of his tradition-conscious uncle, Thaddeus Bobrowski, who watched over him for the next twenty-five years.

       In 1874 Bobrowski conceded to his nephew's passionate desire to go to sea, and Conrad travelled to Marseilles, where he served in French merchant vessels before joining a British ship in 1878 as an apprentice.

       In 1886 he obtained British nationality and his Master's certificate in the British Merchant Service. Eight years later he left the sea to devote himself to writing, publishing his first novel, Almayer's Folly, in 1895. The following year he married Jessie George and eventually settled in Kent, where he produced within fifteen years such modern classics as Youth, Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, Typhoon, Nostromo, The Secret Agent and Under Western Eyes.

       He continued to write until his death in 1924. Today Conrad is generally regarded as one of the greatest writers of fiction in English - his third language.



The Shifting of the Fire (1892) (with Ford Madox Ford)

Almayer's Folly (1895)

An Outcast of the Islands (1896)

The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' (1897)

Lord Jim (1900)

The Inheritors (1901) (with Ford Madox Ford)

The End of the Tether (1902)

Heart of Darkness (1902)

Romance (1903) (with Ford Madox Ford)

Nostromo (1904)

The Secret Agent (1907)

The Point of Honor (1908) aka The Duel

A Set of Six (1908)

The Secret Sharer (1910)

Under Western Eyes (1911)

'Twixt Land and Sea (1912)

A Personal Record (1912)

Chance (1913)

Victory (1915)

Within the Tides (1915)

The Shadow Line (1917)

The Arrow of Gold (1919)

The Rescue (1920)

The Black Mate (1922)

The Nature of Crime (1923) (with Ford Madox Ford)

The Rover (1923)

The Tremolino (1942)

Non fiction

The Mirror of the Sea (1906)

Some Reminiscences (1912)

Last Essays (1926)

Letters Joseph Conrad to Richard Curle (1928)

Fighting Times (2013) (with David Boyle, Stephen Cooper, Saul David, Richard Foreman, Richard Freeman, Rachel Johnson, Rudyard Kipling, Matt Lynn, Roger Moorhouse, Marc Morris and Stuart Tootal)


Notes on Life and Letters (1921)


Tales of Unrest (1898)

Typhoon (1902)

Youth, a Narrative (1902)

Laughing Anne and One Day More (1924)

Tales of Hearsay (1925)

Tales of Land and Sea (1953)

The Portable Conrad (1961)

Conrad's Manifesto (1966)

Congo Diary and Other Uncollected Pieces (1978)

Favourite Spy Stories (1981) (with Alphonse Daudet, Len Deighton, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Graham Greene, John Le Carré, William le Queux, Wolfgang Lotz, Sax Rohmer and Dennis Wheatley)

Youth / Heart of Darkness / End of the Tether (2010)

Short stories

Amy Foster

The Idiots

The Inn of the Two Witches

An Outpost of Progress


Falk (1901)

Anarchist (1905)

The Informer (1906)

The Brute (1908)

The Secret Sharer [short story] (1910)

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