Joseph Conrad pp 197-201 | Cite as

Conrad, in Light and Shadow, Talks of Crane and Hardy and the Paleness of Words

  • Louis Weitzenkorn
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In the role of a duenna guarding a Spanish virgin, Frank Doubleday personally conducted an ‘interview’ for me Wednesday with Joseph Conrad. I write still in the shadowy edge of indignation over what will probably be the first and last time that I shall ever have talked with the man I think the greatest writer upon the face of the earth. Conrad is a writer of sea tales. Let us say, for the sake of metaphor, he is himself one of his own ships. On this morning when I saw him his sails were set, a spanking breeze was blowing, there was a hungry creak to his timbers but Frank Doubleday held fast and Conrad never got further from port than quarantine.


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    Joseph Conrad, in Youth, Heart of Darkness, The End of the Tether: Three Stories (London: J. M. Dent, 1946) pp. 61–2.Google Scholar

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