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Joseph Conrad: A Biography

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In Joseph Conrad: A Biography, acclaimed writer Jeffrey Meyers presents the definitive account of the life of Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), author of Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, Nostromo, and many other landmarks in modern literature. Meyers' biography, published for the first time in paperback by Cooper Square Press, is the first biography of the author in many years. Josep...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 9th 2001 by Cooper Square Publishers (first published 1991)
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JOSEPH CONRAD: A Biography. (1991). Jeffrey Meyers. ***.
Even though I have read about half of his novels, I have never read a biography of Conrad – other than a few short squibs on the internet. He was born in Poland, and, because of the political situation of the time, he was forced to move with his family to various other locations – including Russia – as a precaution by the Russian Political system. His father was a low level activist who always managed to tick off the wrong people. His effor...more
Ultimately, a disappointing read - if the author had stuck to the actual facts about Conrad's life, ditched the recapitulation of the plots of the novels and left off the uninteresting stuff about Jane Anderson at the end, then this could have been a taut, fascinating biography of a remarkable man. Still, it's done the job of sending me back to the novels.
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Jeffrey Meyers, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, has recently been given an Award in Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Thirty of his books have been translated into fourteen languages and seven alphabets, and published on six continents. He lives in Berkeley, California.
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