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Under Western Eyes

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Part of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad

  • Date Published: November 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521824071
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  • Set in the tumultuous political world of Tsarist repression and revolutionary intrigue in St Petersburg and Geneva, Under Western Eyes (1911) renders with searing intensity the psychological torment of its Russian protagonist, a university student who, in betraying another, has betrayed himself. Based upon a comparison of the existing manuscript and other materials, this scholarly and first extensively annotated edition of Joseph Conrad's great novel Under Western Eyes differs from all previous printings by more accurately reflecting Conrad's writing process. The reading text is supported by new scholarly materials that are the result of fifteen years of investigation: essays on the textual and biographical history of the novel, extensive notes, appendices and maps, as well as a full listing of the thousands of textual variants in the early forms of the novel, including the 18,000 words that Conrad himself deleted.

    • The first extensively annotated edition, including historical, biographical, contextual annotations
    • Full listing of textual variants in the early forms of the novel, including retrieval of the 18,000 words Conrad deleted during revision
    • An MLA Approved Edition, MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions
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    'There are punctilious descriptions of parts of the narrative, especially the unique provenance of single sheets (including descriptions of the handwritings on several separate sheets). This extraordinary exhaustiveness, while not unusual in the Conrad industry, distinguishes this Edition of Under Western Eyes and assures us that extreme care has been being devoted to details of this challenging artifact … this Edition of Under Western Eyes is a triumph of the textual editor’s heart.' Dale Kramer, Joseph Conrad Today

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    21st May 2014 by BarryTraherne

    Conrad can be a difficult and elusive figure to deal with.The critical cross-currents which surround him, have often proved problematic to a newcomer faced with his work for the first-time.The introduction to this edition is excellent and approachable,backed, as it is, by commentaries, and painstaking textual variants.Conrads growing status is scrupulously charted the novel immaculately presented. Here are all the elements within which a conscious artist produced such a gripping and memorable work. For those who wish to develop,or begin, their interest in this writer,it does not get any better than this.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521824071
    • length: 686 pages
    • dimensions: 222 x 145 x 41 mm
    • weight: 0.94kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    General editors' preface
    Abbreviations and note on editions
    Under Western Eyes
    The texts: an essay
    Textual notes
    Explanatory notes

  • Author

    Joseph Conrad


    Roger Osborne, University of New South Wales, Canberra
    Roger Osborne is a researcher at the University of Queensland where he has managed the Australian Electronic Scholarly Editing Project and the Aus-e-Lit Project. His doctoral thesis (2001) at the University of New South Wales, Canberra included an edition of the Under Western Eyes typescript. He has published widely on the transnational history of Australian literature and written on Conrad.

    Paul Eggert, University of New South Wales, Canberra
    Paul Eggert, an Australian Research Council professorial fellow, is based at the University of New South Wales, Canberra. He has been an editor for the Cambridge Edition of D. H. Lawrence, prepared scholarly editions of Henry Kingsley, Rolf Boldrewood and Henry Lawson and was general editor of the Academy Editions of Australian Literature.

    Introduction by

    Keith Carabine, University of Kent, Canterbury
    Keith Carabine, Senior Honorary Research Fellow, University of Kent at Canterbury, and Chair of the Joseph Conrad Society (UK), is the author of The Life and Art: A Study of Conrad's 'Under Western Eyes' (1996) and the literary editor of Wordsworth Classics. He has also written on Sherwood Anderson, Dickens, Dostoevsky, Hawthorne, Hemingway, Wright Morris and Harriet Beecher Stowe.


    Jeremy Hawthorn, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
    Jeremy Hawthorn, Professor of English at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, has published widely on Conrad as well as editing Conrad titles for Oxford World's Classics. His work includes Sexuality and the Erotic in the Fiction of Joseph Conrad (2007) and co-editing 'Under Western Eyes': Centennial Essays (2011). He has also published on New Historicism, Marxist theory and the contemporary critical debate.

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