The purpose of this book is to show how the wedding of fiction and film works out concretely in a book that focuses on the screen versions of the work of a single velist, Joseph Conrad. Conrad is t only one of the greatest writers of this century, but has the distinction of having all of his major works committed to film, including Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness (as Apocalypse Now). Here is an in-depth study of the films of Conrad's fiction, solidly based on both literary and cinematic theory. The author conducted interviews with several of the table directors who made Conrad films, including Sir Alfred Hitchcock and Francis Coppola; this interview material is a highlight of the book.
The Author: Gene D. Phillips is Professor of English at Loyola University in Chicago, where he teaches fiction and film history. His published books include Hemingway and Film; Fiction, Film, and Faulkner; Graham Greene: The Films of His Fiction; and Fiction, Film, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. He has contributed to film journals both in the U.S. and abroad.