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Select Works of Joseph Conrad (4 vols.)
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Select Works of Joseph Conrad (4 vols.)


Doubleday, Harper & Brothers 1916–1923

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Best-known for his enigmatic and controversial novella, Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad is remembered as one of Britain’s greatest novelists. Spinning colorful tales of life at sea and wild adventures in the tropics, Conrad was skilled at his craft, and he was often praised for his rich prose and exotic settings. Yet beneath his stories’ exciting and dangerous exteriors lie gritty themes of grappling with the evil in the world and in ourselves. Modern critics have ignited a firestorm of discussion in recent years, undertaking post-colonial and feminist readings of Conrad’s works. Most notably, accusations of racism by Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe in the 1970s sparked a hotly disputed discussion of the effect of Conrad’s portrayals of Africans in Heart of Darkness. Literary critic and professor Harold Bloom asserted that this short work of fiction has been analyzed more than any other piece of literature that is studied in universities, resulting from Conrad’s “unique propensity for ambiguity.” This collection features the classic, Heart of Darkness, together with three of Conrad’s other novels: Lord Jim, Nostromo, and Almayer’s Folly, which provide a look at the range of Conrad’s talents and his contribution to literature.

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Key Features

  • Offers four of Joseph Conrad’s novels
  • Includes the enigmatic novella Heart of Darkness
  • Provides a central text discussed in post-colonial studies

Individual Titles

Heart of Darkness

  • Author: Joseph Conrad
  • Publisher: Doubleday
  • Publication Date: 1916
  • Pages: 73

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Joseph Conrad’s enigmatic and controversial novella was first published in 1899 as a serial story in Blackwood’s Magazine. Drawing from his own experiences as a captain of a steamship on the Congo River, Conrad crafts a narrative that explores the themes of civilization and barbarianism, and the corruption of man. His story follows a sailor’s journey on a riverboat up to Congo, where he is confronted with the brutality of colonialism and the dark side of humanity.

Lord Jim

  • Author: Joseph Conrad
  • Publisher: Doubleday
  • Publication Date: 1920
  • Pages: 344

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Lord Jim tells the story of Jim, a young British seaman. The novel opens with Jim sailing as firstmate on the Patna which is carrying pilgrims headed for Mecca. Upon discovering the Patna is sinking, Jim and the rest of the crew abandon the ship and the passengers, leaving them to death. However, unbeknownst to the crew, the passengers are picked up by another vessel, which leads to the exposure of the crew’s guilt. This leads to an inquest, which all the crew members except Jim are able to evade. Jim, soon finding himself abandoned by the rest of the crew, is left to face public censure and humiliation alone. The novel continues to follow Jim as he deals with the consequences of his weakness that fatal day, eventually escaping to the island country of Patusan, where he seeks to redeem himself.


  • Author: Joseph Conrad
  • Publisher: Harper & Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1904
  • Pages: 480

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Conrad sets Nostromo in a mining port city of a fictitious South American republic, Costaguana, which is plagued with tyranny, revolution, and unrest. The narrative follows Charles Gould, the owner of a significant silver-mining concession in Costaguana, and the Italian expatriate, Nostromo, who Gould hires to smuggle his silver out of reach of the revolutionaries. With shipwrecks, battles, mystery, and romance, Nostromo is a classic adventure novel, displaying Conrad’s skill at writing exciting stories while exploring deeper themes of morality and corruption. This novel once provoked great American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald to remark, “I’d rather have written Nostromo than any other novel.”

Almayer’s Folly

  • Author: Joseph Conrad
  • Publisher: Doubleday
  • Publication Date: 1923
  • Pages: 225

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Almayer’s Folly was Conrad’s first novel, published in 1895. It tells the story of a Dutch trader named Kaspar Almayer, who went to the Borneo jungle in hopes of finding gold, but becomes disappointed and disenchanted, ending his venture in tragedy. Kaspar marries a native Malayan while on his failed quest, and builds an extravagant house on the banks of the Pantai River, believing (mistakenly) that the British will soon be conquering the area. It begins to be known as “Almayer’s Folly.” Kaspar and his wife have one daughter, Nina, who becomes central to the narrative, forcing Kaspar to negotiate the difficult relationship between cultures, generations, and ideals.

Product Details

  • Title: Select Works of Joseph Conrad
  • Author: Joseph Conrad
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 1,122

About Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad (1857–1924) was born of Polish heritage as Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski in what is now Berdychiv, Ukraine. He began learning English as a boy when his father worked on translating the works of Shakespeare and Victor Hugo to support the family. Conrad didn’t become fluent in English until his 20s, yet wrote all of his works in English—an impressive feat. After going to school in Kraków and Switzerland, Conrad left for France, yearning to go to sea. He worked several years as a seaman, apprentice, and deckhand, and he spent 16 years in the British merchant navy, eventually becoming a captain. Conrad had numerous adventures during his life at sea, traveling to places such as Singapore and Bombay, as well as spending four months captaining a Congo River steamboat. His wild variety of experiences fueled his later writings. Conrad eventually settled in England and was granted British nationality in 1886, where he spent the rest of his life writing. In April 1924 he refused an offer of knighthood from Prime Minister Ramsey MacDonald, and he died later that year.