Joseph Conrad

(1857-1924 / Berdychiv)

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Joseph Conrad (born Józef Teodor Konrad ‪Nałęcz‬ Korzeniowski; 3 December 1857 – 3 August 1924) was a Polish author who wrote in English, after settling in England. He was granted British nationality at age 28 in 1886. However, he always considered himself a Pole and resented being classed by some critics, such as his friend Edward Garnett and his enthusiastic admirer H.L. Mencken, with Russian novelists as a "Slavonic" writer.

Conrad is regarded as one of the great novelists in English, though he did not speak the language fluently until he was in his twenties (and always with a marked Polish accent). He wrote stories and novels, often with a nautical setting, that ... more »

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  • ''A word carries far—very far—deals destruction through time as the bullets go flying through space.''
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. Marlow, in Lord Jim, ch. 15 (1900).
  • ''A man that is born falls into a dream like a man who falls into the sea. If he tries to climb out into the air as inexperienced people endeavour to do, he drowns.''
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. Marlow, in Lord Jim, ch. 20 (1900).
  • ''Some great men owe most of their greatness to the ability of detecting in those they destine for their tools the exact quality of strength that matters for their work.''
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. Marlow, in Lord Jim, ch. 42 (1900).
  • ''You shall judge of a man by his foes as well as by his friends.''
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. Marlow, in Lord Jim, ch. 34 (1900).
  • ''There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery.''
    Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. Marlow, in Lord Jim, ch. 24 (1900).
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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (10/9/2015 9:34:00 AM)

    I don't think Joseph Conrad (indeed a great novelist) wrote any poetry.. never heard of.. so, why a Conrad's page at PoemHunter? ;)

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