Joseph Conrad was born to Polish parents in 1857. Conrad was orphaned by the age of eleven and was subsequently taught by his uncle, a great influence and mentor. Leaving for Marseilles in 1874, Conrad began his training as a seaman. Conrad joined the British merchant navy and became a British subject in 1886. After his first novel, Almayer's Folly was published in 1895 he left the sea behind and settled down to a life of writing. Troubled financially for many years, he faced uncomplimentary critics and an indifferent public. He finally became a popular success with Chance (1913). By the end of his life on August 3, 1924, his status as one of the great writers of his time was assured.
One of the most beautifully written pieces of literature I have ever encountered. Every word is poetic and perfectly linked together by the exact amount of detail and emotion. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2013 by fussypants
Everybody has always told me this book was great. Everybody I've ever talked to is an idiot. This book was terrible, it made no sense. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 1999
A great view of evil and darkness. I fell in love with this book in high school. If you enjoy this book, I would reccommend Apocalypse Now, which is based upon this book.Published on Feb. 8 1999