The Portable Conrad

The Portable Conrad

Written by:
Introduction by:

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A collection of Conrad’s most enduring work, edited by Pulitzer Prize finalist Michael Gorra

A great novelist of the sea, a poet of the tropics, a critic of empire and analyst of globalization, a harbinger of the modern spy novel, an unparalleled observer of the moments in which people are stripped of their illusions-Joseph Conrad is one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. This revised edition of The Portable Conrad features the best known and most enduring of Conrad’s works, including The Secret Agent, Heart of Darkness, and The Nigger of the “Narcissus,” as well as shorter tales like “Amy Forster” and “The Secret Sharer,” a selection of letters, and his observations on the sinking of the Titanic.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
The Portable Conrad

The Portable Conrad

Written by: Joseph Conrad, Introduction by: Michael Gorra


“This is the best one-volume selection of Conrad available. Michael Gorra’s learned and acute introduction puts both Conrad, and Conrad criticism, in essential context.”
-James Wood

Table of Contents

The Portable ConradAcknowledgments
Introduction by Michael Gorra
Joseph Conrad: A Chronology

I. A Calm and a Storm

The Secret Sharer: An Episode from the Coast
Preface to The Nigger of the “Narcissus”
The Nigger of the “Narcissus”: A Tale of the Sea

II. Three Stories

Karain: A Memory
Amy Foster
The Warrior’s Soul

III. Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

IV. The Secret Agent

Author’s Note
The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale

V. Essays, Autobiography, and Letters

Autocracy and War
Some Reflections on the Loss of the Titanic
FROM The Mirror of the Sea, “Initiation”
FROM A Personal Record
To Marguerite Poradowska, 26 September 1890
To Carol Zagorski, 10 March 1896
To R. B. Cunninghame Graham, 20 December 1897
To Edward Garnett, 29 March 1898
To John Galsworthy, 12 March 1899
To R. B. Cunninghame Graham, 14 October 1899
To William Blackwood, 31 May 1902
To Roger Casement, 21 December 1903
To William Rothenstein, 3 September 1904
To J. B. Pinker, 30 July 1907
To J. B. Pinker, 16? July 1908
To Edward Garnett, 27 May 1912
To John Quinn, January 1917
To John Quinn, 6 February 1918
To Hugh Walpole, 10 February 1922
To C. K. Scott Moncrieff, 17 December 1922

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