By Martin Ray

A part of the "Modern Fiction" sequence, that is a chain of introductory experiences at the leader writers and hobbies within the background of 20th-century fiction in English. this can be a learn on Joseph Conrad. every one quantity is written by way of a professional within the box and provides a examining of the writer's paintings within the gentle of modern scholarship and feedback, yet constantly with the desires of the scholar and common reader in brain. It presents biographical details, attention of the writer's courting to the social, highbrow, and cultural lifetime of their instances, and unique readings of chosen texts. The sequence comprises short-story writers in addition to novelists, contemporaries in addition to vintage moderns and their successors, Commonwealth writers in addition to British and American, and there are volumes on subject matters and teams in addition to on person figures.

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NOTES John Conrad (1906-82) was Conrad's younger son. His birth is described by his brother Borys on p. 9. He trained as an architect and practised professionally until a few years before his death. Like Borys, he took an active interest in preserving his father's literary reputation. The extract recalls memories from the period 1910-14, when the Conrads were living at Capel House, near Ashford in Kent. I. Andre Gide ( 1869-1951), the French novelist, had first visited Conrad at Capel House inju1y 1911, and they remained good friends.

Yet I doubt if his work has brought him happiness. He has followed the ancient injunction of looking into his own heart and writing - he the most objective of artists, with the clairvoyance of the seer; nevertheless these gifts, this wonderful success has not made him happy. His true happiness lies nearer the core of his nature- his love for his family. For those young writers, incipient Maupassants and Nietzsches, this very human trait of Conrad's may seem banal. Anyone can love his wife and children, and art is a jealous mistress, we are told by the pale youths who wearily look down from their Ivory Tower upon a stupid world.

5. Arsene Lupin was the hero of the thrillers and detective stories written by Maurice Leblanc (1864-1941). For a note on Oppenheim, seep. 48. 6. Honore de Balzac's Le Pere Goriot (1834-5); Ivan Turgenev's 'A Lear of the Steppes' (1870). 7. Zal means 'grief' or 'sorrow'. 'HE HAS NEVER MET "CIVILISED" WOMEN' 27 8. A proverb implying that 'Where there's life, there's hope', while Poland is not yet lost. 9. M. Dent, 1946) p. 132. This book was originally called 'Some Reminiscences'. 10. Heinrich Heine's four-volume Reisehilder (1826-1831) contains a famous account of Napoleon.

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