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Conrad's Western World

  • Date Published: June 1980
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521298087

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  • Conrad's Western World traces the sources of Heart of Darkness, Nostromo, The Secret Agent and some of the short stories related to these novels. As in his highly acclaimed Conrad's Eastern World, Professor Sherry provides an interesting blend of biographical reconstruction and investigation into the originals of the main incidents and characters - Kurtz, Nostromo, Verloc and many of the minor figures as well. It has been possible to show in the study of Conrad's source material a movement away from analyses of personal experience or the narrated experiences of others to a manipulation of material entirely outside the bounds of his own experience. This change reveals also a movement in interest from personal and private dilemmas to wider and more public concerns, and shows Conrad developing a progressive sense of the frightening underside of human society. Finally, Professor Sherry considers the play of Conrad's mind over his source material and traces the development of individual works from the given sources to the completed fiction. This reconstruction of Conrad's original materials and the tracing of their development into literary works of great distinction gives us a unique insight into Conrad's preoccupations and art.

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    'The promptings of genius are at all times difficult to trace and define; but by his combination of patient and probing research and psychological insight, Professor Sherry admits us to the secrets of Conrad's imagination.' Contemporary Review

    'In his Introduction to this new study of Conrad's autobiographical and literary sources, Professor Sherry relates it specifically to his earlier and justly celebrated volume Conrad's Eastern World. It must be said straight away that the new book sustains the high level of detective prowess of its predecessor; one is constantly fascinated and sometimes astonished by what Professor Sherry is able to reveal.' Critical Quarterly

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    • Date Published: June 1980
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521298087
    • length: 480 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Illustrations
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    Part I. Heart of Darkness:
    1. The fascination of Africa
    2. The death of Freiesleben
    3. Bordeaux to Boma
    4. The company station - Matadi
    5. Matadi to Kinchassa - the central station
    6. Kinchassa to Stanley Falls
    7. Stanley Falls - the heart of darkness
    8. Klein
    9. The journey down-river
    10. Kurtz
    11. Henry Morton Stanley - the Yawl Nellie
    12. 'An Outpost of Progress'
    Part II. Nostromo:
    13. 'Gaspar Ruiz'
    14. The garibaldino
    15. Nostromo and Decoud
    16. Sir John and 'Material Interests'
    17. Dr Monygham and Don José Avellanos
    18. Costaguana and Sulaco
    Part III. The Secret Agent:
    19. 'The Informer'
    20. 'An Anarchist'
    21. The bomb outrage
    22. The anarchists
    23. Karl Yundt
    24. Michaelis
    25. The professor
    26. Law and order: Sir Ethelred and the Home Secretary
    27. The assistant commissioner
    28. Chief Inspector Heat
    29. Verloc
    30. A. P. Krieger - a speculation
    31. Conclusion
    Appendices
    Notes, Index.

  • Author

    Norman Sherry

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