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The The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad : Volume 3, 1903-1907: The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad 1902-1907 v. 3 - Joseph Conrad

The The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad

Volume 3, 1903-1907: The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad 1902-1907 v. 3

Hardcover Published: 14th April 1988
ISBN: 9780521323871
Number Of Pages: 576

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This is the third of the projected eight-volume edition comprising all the surviving letters of Joseph Conrad under the general editorship of Professor Frederick R. Karl. When completed, it will have assembled about 4,000 letters, over a third of them published before only in defective versions. As with previous volumes in the series, this volume contains an editorial introduction, illustrations, and extensive annotation. The period covered by the third volume is 1903 to 1907 when Conrad stood at the height of his powers. It was during these years that he completed Nostromo and The Secret Agent. Yet this was not a happy time for him: his plans for leisurely, contemplative work were constantly interrupted by dangerous illnesses in the family, his own bad health, financial worries, and the pleas of editors desperate for copy. Conrad maintained his correspondence with old friends such as Galsworthy, Wells, and Ford Madox Ford, and developed a number of new friendships. This is also the period in which Conrad became absorbed in political fiction, and this is reflected in an intriguing sequence of America, and censorship. As always, the letters to his literary agent J. B. Pinker provide a detailed (and largely unpublished) account of Conrad's plans and literary commitments, week by week, month by month.

Industry Reviews

"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Education Supplement "One of the advantages of this new collection -- besides that of providing accurate texts of unpublished correspondence and of the many letters that have long been available in unreliable editions -- is that it enables us to appreciate the extent to which some of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 "Altogether, this volume (like the preceding ones already published in this edition) is a book that anyone interested in Joseph Conrad's emergence as a major English novelist will wish to have. It will certainly become an indispensable guide and invaluable source for literary scholars: the editorial principles on which it is based are clearly indicated and scrupulously observed; the scholarly apparatus itself is impressively thorough and careful, without being obtrusive or distracting." Brian Thomas, Conradiana

List of plates
List of holders of letters
Published sources of letters
Chronology, 1903-1907
Introduction to Volume three
Conrad's correspondents, 1903-1907
Editorial procedures
Silent corrections to the text
Corrigenda for Volume two
Index of recipients
Index of names
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521323871
ISBN-10: 0521323878
Series: The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad 9 Volume Hardback Set : Book 3
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 14th April 1988
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 13.8
Weight (kg): 0.77