reached, Miss Clemens and I, working entirely separately, both noticed the
importance of Brooke and Wallace as sources of Conrad's material.
Richard Curle, "Joseph Conrad: Ten Years Later"," Virginia Quarterly
Review, X ( 1934), 431.
Joseph Conrad as I Knew Him, p. 118.
Set of Six, pp. viii-ix. Also Life and Letters, II, 299. See also Conrad' s
preface to Youth and Gaspar Ruiz, pp. 167-168.
Set of Six, p. x. Also J. DeLancey Ferguson, "The Plot of Conrad's
The Duel"," Modern Language Notes, L ( 1935), 385-390.
Life and Letters, II, 13, 41, 240, and Conrad Memorial Library, p. 327.
Letters to the Colvins ( New York: The Anderson Galleries, 1928),
No. 1,258 ( February 25, 1926), 142. Also Miriam Hatheway Wood, "A Source of Conrad's Suspense"," Modern Language Notes, L ( 1935), 390- 394.
Conrad Memorial Library, p. 340.
London Times Literary Supplement, no. 1,128 ( August 30, 1923), 570.
Lingard's Folly: The Lost Subject
THREE NOVELS by Joseph Conrad--Almayer's Folly ( 1895), An Outcast
of the Islands ( 1896) and The Rescue ( 1920)--comprise what might
have been a purposeful trilogy, a tragedy in three acts, centered in the
character of Tom Lingard, of misplaced good intentions. Written in reverse chronological order, they record first the consequences and later
the inceptions of Tom Lingard's benevolent despotism. The unity of purpose in this novel-in-reverse is more potential than real, yet Albert Guerard, Jr., accepts the trilogy as an essay in moral continuity and finds
"the full measure of Conrad's skepticism" reflected in the career of Tom
Lingard, "the central figure of his work."1 Here is a case of the anxious
synthesizer completing the author's design for him; to discover in the
separate novels consistent mutations of Lingard's tragic flaw is a compliment unjustified by the insecurity of the original conception. The interest
of the three novels lies in their collective clue to Conrad's shifts of intenon, to his uncertain psychological orientation and to his aesthetic polarities. The two Almayer novels were the first he wrote; The Rescue, one of
the last. They reveal, studied together, the initiation of a novelist and his
anticlimax, the promise and the loss, the beginning of mastery and the
collapse of it.
Sequentially, then, in terms of Lingard's folly as subject--which at least____________________
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Contributors: R. W. Stallman - Editor.
Publisher: Michigan State University Press.
Place of publication: East Lansing, MI.
Publication year: 1960.
Page number: 96.
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