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.

Joseph Conrad settle
...more

Average rating: 3.5 · 466,565 ratings · 17,428 reviews · 785 distinct worksSimilar authors
Heart of Darkness

3.42 avg rating — 327,757 ratings — published 1899 — 1578 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Heart of Darkness and Selec...

by
3.75 avg rating — 20,257 ratings — published 1899 — 7 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Lord Jim

3.61 avg rating — 23,683 ratings — published 1900 — 94 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Heart of Darkness and The S...

3.49 avg rating — 15,396 ratings — published 1910 — 67 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Nostromo

3.81 avg rating — 13,277 ratings — published 1904 — 421 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Secret Agent

3.59 avg rating — 15,173 ratings — published 1907 — 581 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Heart of Darkness and Other...

by
3.57 avg rating — 5,069 ratings — published 1902 — 54 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Secret Sharer

3.61 avg rating — 3,368 ratings — published 1910 — 213 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Victory

by
3.85 avg rating — 2,673 ratings — published 1915 — 232 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Under Western Eyes

3.73 avg rating — 2,277 ratings — published 1911 — 240 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Joseph Conrad…
Gaspar Ruiz The Informer The Brute An Anarchist El duelo A Set Of Six
(6 books)
by
3.75 avg rating — 928 ratings

“Being a woman is a terribly difficult trade since it consists principally of dealings with men.”
Joseph Conrad, Chance

“It's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose.”
Joseph Conrad, An Outcast of the Islands

“We live as we dream--alone....”
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

Polls

More...

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
The Next Best Boo...: Your help please! Especially since you read... 86 761 Jul 24, 2009 10:46AM  
The Seasonal Read...: Math Tasks 77 360 Oct 02, 2009 04:19PM  
The Seasonal Read...: FALL CHALLENGE 2009 PLANS 169 1438 Oct 14, 2009 08:10AM  
The Rory Gilmore ...: This topic has been closed to new comments. Nominate here for December 2009's Selection 16 85 Oct 24, 2009 07:29PM  
The Seasonal Read...: This topic has been closed to new comments. FALL CHALLENGE 2009 COMPLETED TASKS 3947 2674 Nov 30, 2009 09:01PM  
Challenge: 50 Books: Anastasia's Literary 50 52 302 Dec 28, 2009 05:19PM  
Challenge: 50 Books: Tim's 50 books for 2009 19 363 Dec 30, 2009 05:53PM  
Read 150+ Books a...: Diane's 150 of 2009 (163) 47 200 Dec 31, 2009 06:10AM  
The Next Best Boo...: Tani's Goals for 2009 24 290 Jan 01, 2010 03:05PM  
The Seasonal Read...: This topic has been closed to new comments. WINTER CHALLENGE 2009-2010 COMPLETED TASKS 3154 3156 Feb 28, 2010 09:02PM