Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad (3 December 1857 – 3 August 1924) was a Polish-English novelist and short-story writer. Though he wrote exclusively in English, he spoke French, Polish, Russian, and some Spanish. Born in Berdichev, Russian Poland, he became a master of the English language, crafting stories that are known for their complex language, psychological depth, and exploration of moral and existential themes. Many of his works draw on his experiences as a sailor—he rose from merchant mariner to master mariner—and are set at sea. Others are set in exotic or colonial settings. While he lived and worked in England the major part of his adult life, Polish literary critics claim him as a Polish writer, one who gave Polish themes universal application.

Conrad's most famous novels include Heart of Darkness (1899), Lord Jim (1900), Nostromo (1904), and The Secret Agent (1907). His short stories are also highly regarded, and one collection, Tales of Unrest (1898), includes the famous story "The Secret Sharer."

Conrad's novels are often dark and pessimistic, but they are also full of beauty and insight. His characters are complex and morally ambiguous, and his stories often explore the dark side of human nature. However, Conrad's work is also full of hope and redemption, and his stories ultimately offer a message of humanity and compassion.

Here are some of Joseph Conrad's most famous quotes:

  • "We live as we dream – alone."
  • "The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been tolerantly indifferent."
  • "The belief in a supersensual world, however vague, has a power."
  • "Men may be ruined by one idea only."
  • "The horror of the infinite."

Conrad's novels and short stories continue to be read and enjoyed by readers around the world. He is considered one of the greatest English-language writers of all time.

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