Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad (born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, Polish: [ˈjuzɛf tɛˈɔdɔr ˈkɔnrat kɔʐɛˈɲɔfskʲi] 3 December 1857 – 3 August 1924) was a Polish-British writer  regarded as one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language. Though he did not speak English fluently until his twenties, he was a master prose stylist who brought a non-English sensibility into English literature. Conrad wrote stories and novels, many with a nautical setting, that depict trials of the human spirit in the midst of what he saw as an impassive, inscrutable universe.

Conrad is considered an early modernist, though his works contain elements of 19th-century realism. His narrative style and anti-heroic characters have influenced numerous authors, and many films have been adapted from, or inspired by, his works. Numerous writers and critics have commented that Conrad’s fictional works, written largely in the first two decades of the 20th century, seem to have anticipated later world events.

Books in order of publication:


  • Almayer’s Folly (1895)
  • An Outcast of the Islands (1896)
  • The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’ (1897)
  • Heart of Darkness (1899)
  • Lord Jim (1900)
  • The Inheritors (with Ford Madox Ford) (1901)
  • Typhoon (1902, begun 1899)
  • The End of the Tether (written in 1902; collected in Youth, a Narrative and Two Other Stories, 1902)
  • Romance (with Ford Madox Ford, 1903)
  • Nostromo (1904)
  • The Secret Agent (1907)
  • Under Western Eyes (1911)
  • Chance (1913)
  • Victory (1915)
  • The Shadow Line (1917)
  • The Arrow of Gold (1919)
  • The Rescue (1920)
  • The Nature of a Crime (1923, with Ford Madox Ford)
  • The Rover (1923)
  • Suspense: A Napoleonic Novel (1925; unfinished, published posthumously)
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