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The collected letters of Joseph Conrad. Vol.1, 1861-1897

The collected letters of Joseph Conrad. Vol.1, 1861-1897

Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924; Davies, Laurence, 1943-; Karl, Frederick R. (Frederick Robert), 1927-

The first of a projected eight-volume edition of all the surviving letters of Joseph Conrad. Volume One opens with a child, not yet four, writing to comfort his imprisoned father and closes with an author, exile, and master mariner just turned forty

Book. English. French.
Published Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983

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Statement of responsibility: edited by Frederick R. Karl and Laurence Davies
ISBN: 0521242169, 9780521242165
Note: Includes index.
Language note: Text in English and French.
Physical Description: lxvii,446p ; 23 cm.
Subject: English Fiction Novelist Biography; Novelists, English 20th century Biography.; Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924 Biography.; Fiction in English Conrad, Joseph Correspondence, diaries, etc.
Uniform Title: Correspondence
Added Entry: 1861-1897


  1. List of plates
  2. Maps
  3. General editor's acknowledgements
  4. List of holders of leters
  5. Published sources of letters
  6. Chronology, 1857-1897
  7. General editor's introduction
  8. Introduction to volume one
  9. Conrad's correspondents, 1861-1897
  10. Letters
  11. Corrections to the text
  12. Index.


"The scholarly wealth and care of this edition, the clarity of lay-out and secondary material are beyond praise. This represents the archival energy of American scholarship at its finest." George Steiner, The Sunday Times||"These letters are impeccably edited and presented...To anyone interested in the history of fiction writing or the emergence of modernism, they are indispensable." Tony Tanner, The Times Higher Education Supplement||"One of the advantages of this new collection -- besides that of providing accurate texts of unpublished correspondence and of the many letters that have long been available in unreliable editions -- is that it enables us to appreciate the extent to which some of Conrad's letters are themselves part of his achievement at a prose writer." Louis Menand, The New York Review of Books