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Personal Record
By Joseph Conrad

A Personal Record

Some Reminiscences Main

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Personal Record by Joseph Conrad

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Together with "The Mirror of the Sea", Joseph Conrad's "A Personal Record" (1911) is one of his two openly autobiographical books. A short volume of reminiscences, it was written originally for an ambitious literary periodical. Conrad was born in Poland, moving to live in France in 1874. He subsequently joined the British merchant navy, and did not begin writing novels until he was nearly forty.In this book, he describes his cultural heritage, and the central motives in his life as a seaman and a writer separated from the country where he was born. Events of his life are shown in sudden flashes of reflection, sometimes playful, but more often serious and definitive. This is a captivating and moving book, which gives us illuminating insights into Joseph Conrad's real past; his family and national background, and his persistent quest to impose on his life a meaning consistent with the exacting demands of the moral principles he had formulated and in which he strongly believed. 'Those who read me know my conviction that the world, the temporal world, rests on a few very simple ideas; so simple that they must be as old as the hills. It rests notably, amongst others, on the idea of Fidelity' - (from "A Personal Record").

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780571243556
ISBN-10: 057124355X
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x 20mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 29-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Victory by Joseph Conrad Victory, Hardback (May 2016)

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Author Biography - Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) was born in Poland, moving to live in France in l874. He later joined the British merchant navy, and did not begin writing novels until he was nearly forty. He became a British citizen in 1886. Despite critical recognition, Conrad's novels did not sell well, and he lived in relative poverty until the commercial success of Chance (1914) secured him a wider public. He is now seen however as a writer who revolutionized the English novel, and arguably the most important single innovator of the twentieth century.

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