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Joseph Conrad (originally Józef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski) was born in the Ukraine in 1857 and grew up under Tsarist autocracy. His parents, ardent Polish patriots, died when he was a child, following their exile for anti-Russian activities, and he came under the protection of his tradition-conscious uncle, Thaddeus Bobrowski, who watched over him for the next twenty-five years.

In 1874 Bobrowski conceded to his nephew's passionate desire to go to sea, and Conrad travelled to Marseilles, where he served in French merchant vessels before joining a British ship in 1878 as an apprentice.

In 1886 he obtained British nationality and his Master's certificate in the British Merchant Service. Eight years later he left the sea to devote himself to writing, publishing his first novel, Almayer's Folly, in 1895. The following year he married Jessie George and eventually settled in Kent, where he produced within fifteen years such modern classics as Youth, Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, Typhoon, Nostromo, The Secret Agent and Under Western Eyes.

He continued to write until his death in 1924. Today Conrad is generally regarded as one of the greatest writers of fiction in English - his third language. He once described himself as being concerned 'with the ideal value of things, events and people'; in the Preface to The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' he defined his task as 'by the power of the written word ... before all, to make you see'.

Books by Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness: Popular Penguins
Typhoon
Victory
To-Morrow
The Secret Sharer And Other Stories
The Secret Agent
Freya Of The Seven Isles
Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer
The Portable Conrad
Heart Of Darkness
The Nigger Of The Narcissus And Other Stories
Mod Lib Victory
Mod Lib Almayer's Folly
Mod Lib Under Western Eyes
Lord Jim & Nostromo
Mod Lib Heart Of Darkness
Heart Of Darkness/Secret Share
Lord Jim
Nostromo
Under Western Eyes
Typhoon And Other Stories