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The several lives of Joseph Conrad

Author: J H Stape
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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The Several Lives of Joseph Conrad is the first new biography in more than a decade of one of modern literature's most important writers - whose work remains widely read and acutely relevant eighty years after his death. In this authoritative, insightful book, we see Joseph Conrad as a man who constantly reinvents himself. Born in 1857 in Berdichev, Ukraine, he left home early and worked as a sailor out of  Read more...
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Stape, J.H. (John Henry)
Several lives of Joseph Conrad.
New York : Pantheon Books, c2007
(OCoLC)605951579
Online version:
Stape, J.H. (John Henry)
Several lives of Joseph Conrad.
New York : Pantheon Books, c2007
(OCoLC)608726013
Named Person: Joseph Conrad; Joseph Conrad
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J H Stape
ISBN: 9781400044498 1400044499
OCLC Number: 162126952
Description: xxvii, 369 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: 'Pole-Catholic and gentleman' (1857-1878) --
'Tell me the sea': apprentice, mate, and master (1878-1890) --
Crisis: finding a home (1890-1895) --
Husband and writer (1896-1898) --
'The fatal partnership': collaborator and friend (1899-1904) --
The analyst of illusions (1905-1909) --
Breakdown and recovery (1910-1914) --
The Englishman (1915-1919) --
'Smiling public man' (1920-1924).
Responsibility: John Stape.
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The Several Lives of Joseph Conrad is the first new biography in more than a decade of one of modern literature's most important writers - whose work remains widely read and acutely relevant eighty years after his death. In this authoritative, insightful book, we see Joseph Conrad as a man who constantly reinvents himself. Born in 1857 in Berdichev, Ukraine, he left home early and worked as a sailor out of Marseilles; traveled to the Far East and Africa with the British merchant navy; and, finally, in 1891, settled in England, beginning a precarious existence as a novelist and family man. Here is a Conrad for our moment: a man with a deep sense of otherness; a writer with multiple cultural identities who wrote in his third language and whose fiction became the cornerstone of literary Modernism." "With his exceptional knowledge and understanding of Conrad, and drawing on unpublished letters and documents, John Stape succeeds in casting a new light on the life of a willfully enigmatic man who remains one of the greatest writers of his, and our, time.

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