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Joseph Conrad By Ford Madox Ford

Joseph Conrad by Ford Madox Ford


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Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939) sweeps aside the usual structures of biography in this portrayal of Joseph Conrad (1857-1924). A gleaming example of creative non-fiction, first published in 1924, Ford's impressionistic portrayal of Conrad as an elegant, likeable swindler and 'beautiful genius' strikes a far richer chord than a purely historical account.

Joseph Conrad Summary

Joseph Conrad: A Personal Remembrance by Ford Madox Ford

Determined not to write a biography about his friend Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) in the usual dry style, Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939) instead produced a novel. As a result, some biographical facts are given less emphasis than others, in particular the acrimony which later blighted relations between the two men. But the work is distinguished by its liveliness and by a wealth of vivid detail. Ford describes Conrad's remarkably long-eared horse, his haphazard use of adverbs and their fraught collaboration over their second joint novel, Romance, during which Ford's carefully unexciting style provoked the adventure-loving Conrad to depression. Ford's impressionistic portrayal of Conrad as an elegant, likeable swindler and 'beautiful genius' strikes a far richer chord than a purely historical account. First published in 1924, just after Conrad's death, this work remains a striking example of creative non-fiction, instructive for scholars and students of English literature.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. C'est toi qui dors dans l'ombre, o sacre souvenir; 2. Excellency? A few goats; 3. It is above all to make you see; 4. That, too, is romance; Appendix.

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NLS9781108060943
9781108060943
1108060943
Joseph Conrad: A Personal Remembrance by Ford Madox Ford
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2013-06-27
264
N/A
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