Heart of Darkness

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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Heart of Darkness: Selected full-text books and articles

Youth; Heart of Darkness; The End of the Tether By Joseph Conrad J. M. Dent and Sons, 1946
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Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness By Harold Bloom Chelsea House, 1987
Librarian’s tip: This is a book of literary criticism
Marlow By Harold Bloom Chelsea House, 1992
Librarian’s tip: This is about Charles Marlow, who appears in several of Conrad's works including Heart of Darkness
A Joseph Conrad Companion By Leonard Orr; Ted Billy Greenwood Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Heart of Darkness: (1899)"
Cultural Psychosis on the Frontier: The Work of the Darkness in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness By Brown, Tony C Studies in the Novel, Vol. 32, No. 1, Spring 2000
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'Heart of Darkness' and Late-Victorian Fascination with the Primitive and the Double By Elbarbary, Samir Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 39, No. 1, Spring 1993
Joseph Conrad, the Way of Dispossession By H. M. Daleski Holmes & Meier, 1977
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Three "'Heart of Darkness'"
Postcolonial Criticism By Bart Moore-Gilbert; Gareth Stanton; Willy Maley Longman, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness"
The Foreign Woman in British Literature: Exotics, Aliens, and Outsiders By Marilyn Demarest Button; Toni Reed Greenwood Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Phantoms Mistaken for a Human Face: Race and the Construction of the African Woman's Identity in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness"
Joseph Conrad and the Anthropological Dilemma: Bewildered Traveller By John W. Griffith Clarendon Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of Heart of Darkness in multiple chapters
Darkness at Heart: Fathers and Sons in Conrad By Catharine Rising Greenwood Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of Heart of Darkness in multiple chapters
Challenging Hierarchies: Issues and Themes in Colonial and Postcolonial African Literature By Leonard A. Podis; Yakubu Saaka Peter Lang, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "Narrative Distancing and the (De)Construction of Imperialist Consciousness in 'The Man Who Would Be King' and Heart of Darkness"
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