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  • 4 b/w illus. 2 maps
  • Page extent: 504 pages
  • Size: 216 x 138 mm
  • Weight: 0.79 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 824/.912
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: PR6005.O4 N68 2002

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521561631 | ISBN-10: 0521561639)

The twenty-six essays collected in Notes on Life and Letters (first published 1921) offer a kaleidoscopic view of Joseph Conrad's literary views and interest in the events of his day, including the Titanic disaster, First World War, and the re-emergence of his native Poland as a nation state. The introduction gives the history of the gathering of these diverse pieces into a single volume, traces the book's reception, and offers new perspectives on its relationship to Conrad's other writings. His essays underwent multiple layers of unauthorized intervention by typists, compositors and editors: this history is set out in the essay on the text and in the apparatus. The notes explain literary and historical references, identify places mentioned, and gloss foreign terms. Two maps supplement the explanatory material. This edition, first published in 2004 and established through modern textual scholarship, presents Conrad's essays and reviews in an authoritative form.

• First critical edition of important Conrad text • Essential reading for all Conrad scholars, since it gives Conrad's views on literary and political issues, and offers biographical information • Edition based on extensive archival research, and with full annotation and reference features including maps, chronology etc.


Preface; Acknowledgements; Chronology; Abbreviations; Introduction; Notes on Life and Letters: Author's note; Part 1. Letters; Part 2. Life; The texts; Apparatus; Appendices; Notes.

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