Joseph Conrad





Joseph Conrad


Born
in Berdichev (formerly Poland), Ukraine
December 03, 1857

Died
August 03, 1924

Genre

Influences


Joseph Conrad (born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski ) was a Polish-born English novelist who today is most famous for Heart of Darkness, his fictionalized account of Colonial Africa.

Conrad left his native Poland in his middle teens to avoid conscription into the Russian Army. He joined the French Merchant Marine and briefly employed himself as a wartime gunrunner. He then began to work aboard British ships, learning English from his shipmates. He was made a Master Mariner, and served more than sixteen years before an event inspired him to try his hand at writing.

He was hired to take a steamship into Africa, and according to Conrad, the experience of seeing firsthand the horrors of colonial rule left him a changed man.

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“Being a woman is a terribly difficult trade since it consists principally of dealings with men.”
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1929, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, 293 pages
 
  26 votes, 16.1%

1935, Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, 320 pages
 
  20 votes, 12.4%

1980, The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, 536 pages
 
  15 votes, 9.3%

 
  14 votes, 8.7%

1952, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, 601 pages
 
  14 votes, 8.7%

1899, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, 200 pages
 
  12 votes, 7.5%

1932, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, 268 pages
 
  12 votes, 7.5%

1960, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 324 pages
 
  12 votes, 7.5%

1847, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, 507 pages
 
  10 votes, 6.2%

 
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1937, Out of Africa by Karen Blixen, 399 pages
 
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