Introduction: Biographical and Historical Contexts

Part of the Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism book series (CSICC)


Polish, not English, was the language Joseph Conrad grew up speaking. English wasn’t even his second language: French was. The fact that Conrad achieved fame in his third language is testimony to his genius — genius that could be contained neither by linguistic barriers nor by national boundaries. Early political persecution and exile failed to stifle it; even the loss of family and deep personal unhappiness could only restrain it temporarily.


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  1. Burrows, Guy. The Land of the Pigmies. London: Pearson, 1898.Google Scholar
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© Bedford Books of St. Martin’s Press 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MiamiUSA

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