Joseph Conrad

Novelist, Author

1857 – 1924

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Who was Joseph Conrad?

Joseph Conrad was a Polish author who wrote in English after settling in England. He was granted British nationality in 1886, but always considered himself a Pole. Conrad is regarded as one of the greatest novelists in English, though he did not speak the language fluently until he was in his twenties. He wrote stories and novels, often with a nautical setting, that depict trials of the human spirit in the midst of an indifferent universe. He was a master prose stylist who brought a distinctly non-English tragic sensibility into English literature.

While some of his works have a strain of romanticism, he is viewed as a precursor of modernist literature. His narrative style and anti-heroic characters have influenced many authors, including D. H. Lawrence, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, Graham Greene, Malcolm Lowry, William Golding, William S. Burroughs, Joseph Heller, Italo Calvino, Gabriel García Márquez, J. G. Ballard, John le Carré, V.S. Naipaul, Philip Roth, Hunter S. Thompson, J.M. Coetzee and Salman Rushdie.

Famous Quotes:

  • The scrupulous and the just, the noble, humane, and devoted natures; the unselfish and the intelligent may begin a movement -- but it passes away from them. They are not the leaders of a revolution. They are its victims.
  • A caricature is putting the face of a joke on the body of a truth.
  • You can t, in sound morals, condemn a man for taking care of his own integrity. It is his clear duty. And least of all can you condemn an artist pursuing, however humbly and imperfectly, a creative aim. In that interior world where his thought and his emotions go seeking for the experience of imagined adventures, there are no policemen, no law, no pressure of circumstance or dread of opinion to keep him within bounds. Who then is going to say Nay to his temptations if not his conscience?
  • A man's real life is that accorded to him in the thoughts of other men by reason of respect or natural love.
  • How does one kill fear, I wonder? How do you shoot a specter through the heart, slash off its spectral head, take it by its spectral throat?
  • Each blade of grass has its spot on earth whence it draws its life, its strength; and so is man rooted to the land from which he draws his faith together with his life.
  • Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality.
  • There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery.
  • They talk of a man betraying his country, his friends, his sweetheart. There must be a moral bond first. All a man can betray is his conscience.
  • A man is a worker. If he is not that he is nothing.

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Born
Dec 3, 1857
Berdychiv
Also known as
  • Teodor Józef Konrad Korzeniowski
  • Konrad Korzeniowski
  • Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski
  • 조셉 콘라드
  • 조지프 콘래드
Parents
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Atheism
  • Catholicism
Ethnicity
  • Poles
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
  • Russian Empire
Profession
Education
  • Saint Petersburg State University
Employment
  • Columnist, Blackwood's Magazine
Died
Aug 3, 1924
Bishopsbourne

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