Lord Jim

Conrad, Joseph

Joseph Conrad, 1857–1924, English novelist, b. Berdichev, Russia (now Berdychiv, Ukraine), originally named Jósef Teodor Konrad Walecz Korzeniowski. Born of Polish parents, he is considered one of the greatest novelists and prose stylists in English literature. In 1874, Conrad went to sea and later joined (1878) an English merchant ship, becoming (1884) a master mariner as well as a British citizen. Retiring from the merchant fleet in 1894, he began his career as a novelist, and all of his novels are written in English, an acquired language. His notable early works include The Nigger of the Narcissus (1897), Lord Jim (1900), and the novellas Youth (1902), Heart of Darkness (1902), and Typhoon (1903). The novels Nostromo (1904), The Secret Agent (1907), Under Western Eyes (1911), and Chance (1913) are regarded by many as Conrad's greatest works. Of his later works, Victory (1915) is the best known. He also collaborated on two novels with Ford Madox Ford, The Inheritors (1901) and Romance (1903). Marked by a distinctive, opulent prose style, Conrad's novels combine realism and high drama. Their settings include nautical backgrounds as well as high society, and international politics. Conrad was a skilled creator of atmosphere and character; the impact of various situations was augmented by his use of symbolism. He portrayed acutely the conflict between non-western cultures and modern civilization. His characters exhibit the possibilities for isolation and moral deterioration in modern life.

See his complete works (26 vol., 1924–26); biographies by J. Baines (1960), F. M. Ford (1965), N. Sherry (1973, repr. 1997), F. R. Karl (1979), J. Meyers (1991), and J. Batchelor (1993); L. Davies et al., ed., The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad (9 vol., 2008); studies by E. Said (1966), R. Curle (1968), J. A. Palmer (1968), B. Johnson (1971), N. Sherry (1971, 1980), and I. Watt (1980); bibliography by T. G. Ehrsam (1969).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Lord Jim: A Tale
Joseph Conrad; John Batchelor.
Oxford University Press, 1983
Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, 1987
Librarian’s tip: This is a book of literary criticism
A Joseph Conrad Companion
Leonard Orr; Ted Billy.
Greenwood Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Lord Jim (1900)"
The Moral Sense in Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim
Panichas, George A.
Humanitas, Vol. 13, No. 1, Spring 2000
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"They Always Leave Us": 'Lord Jim,' Colonialist Discourse, and Conrad's Magic Naturalism
Ruppel, Richard.
Studies in the Novel, Vol. 30, No. 1, Spring 1998
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Joseph Conrad and the Fictions of Skepticism
Mark A. Wollaeger.
Stanford University, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Four "Lord Jim: The Refuge of Art"
Conrad, Language, and Narrative
Michael Greaney.
Cambridge University Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Five "The Scandals of Lord Jim"
Conrad the Novelist
Albert J. Guerard.
Harvard University Press, 1958
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Four "Lord Jim (I)" and Chap. Five "Lord Jim (II)"
Conrad: A Reassessment
Douglas Hewitt.
Bowes & Bowes, 1952
Librarian’s tip: Chap. III "Lord Jim"
Darkness at Heart: Fathers and Sons in Conrad
Catharine Rising.
Greenwood Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "The Jeopardy of the Son on Land: From 'The Idiots' to Lord Jim"
The Birth of Liberal Guilt in the English Novel: Charles Dickens to H.G. Wells
Daniel Born.
University of North Carolina Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "The Burden of Kipling: Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness"
Narrative Ethics
Adam Zachary Newton.
Harvard University Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "We Die in a Last Word: Conrad's Lord Jim and Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio"
Joseph Conrad, the Way of Dispossession
H. M. Daleski.
Holmes & Meier, 1977
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of "Lord Jim" begins on p. 77
The Dark and Light Gods: Essays on the Self in Modern Literature
Donald Gutierrez.
Whitston, 1987
Librarian’s tip: "Conrad's Lord Jim: Courage, Cowardice, and the Self" begins on p. 46
Joseph Conrad's "Sudden Holes" in Time: The Epistemology of Temporality
Peters, John G.
Studies in the Novel, Vol. 32, No. 4, Winter 2000
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
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Conrad and Cinema: The Art of Adaptation
Gene D. Phillips.
Peter Lang, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "The Disenchanted: Lord Jim (1925 and 1965)"
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