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- DescriptionIntroduction by Caryl Phillips Commentary by H. L. Mencken, E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Bertrand Russell, Lionel Trilling, Chinua Achebe, and Philip Gourevitch Originally published in 1902, Heart of Darkness remains one of this century's most enduring works of fiction. Written several years after Joseph Conrad's grueling sojourn in the Belgian Congo, the novel is a complex meditation on colonialism, evil, and the thin line between civilization and barbarity. This edition contains selections from Conrad's Congo Diary of 1890--the first notes, in effect, for the novel, which was composed at the end of that decade. Virginia Woolf wrote of Conrad: His books are full of moments of vision. They light up a whole character in a flash. . . . He could not write badly, one feels, to save his life.
- Author Biography<b>Jospeh Conrad</b> (1957-1924) grew up amid political unrest in Russian-occupied Poland. After twenty years at sea with the French and British merchant navies, he settled in England in 1894. Over the next three decades he revolutionized the English novel with works such as Typhoon (1902), Youth (1902), Nostromo (1904), The Secret Agent (1907), Under Western Eyes (1911), Chance (1913), and Victory (1915).<b>Caryl Phillips</b> is the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction. His novel <i>A Distant Shore</i> won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. His other awards include the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Phillips is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in New York City.
- Author(s)Joseph Conrad
- PublisherRandom House USA Inc
- Date of Publication01/09/1999
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Series TitleModern Library
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintModern Library Inc
- Weight149 g
- Width130 mm
- Height200 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Edition StatementNew edition
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