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By Martin Ray

A part of the "Modern Fiction" sequence, that is a sequence of introductory experiences at the leader writers and routine within the heritage of 20th-century fiction in English. this can be a learn on Joseph Conrad. every one quantity is written via a professional within the box and gives a studying of the writer's paintings within the gentle of modern scholarship and feedback, yet continually with the desires of the scholar and basic reader in brain. It presents biographical info, attention of the writer's dating to the social, highbrow, and cultural lifetime of their instances, and designated readings of chosen texts. The sequence contains short-story writers in addition to novelists, contemporaries in addition to vintage moderns and their successors, Commonwealth writers in addition to British and American, and there are volumes on topics and teams in addition to on person figures.

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I worked on it from time to time on several voyages, but had no hope of its getting into print, till one day in London as I was passing Fisher Unwin's publishing house I saw displayed several small-size volumes. " I sent the manuscript to them. Three months went by. Not a word! Then one day a letter came, a typewritten letter, the first I had ever seen. It was from the publishers offering to take the book. ' 5 After a moment's pause he said with a touch of retrospective emotion, 'The writing of that story gave me more pleasure and satisfaction than anything I have done since.

To get at the man was quite impossible through his neighbours. From the Falstaff Hotel in Canterbury I dispatched a special messenger on bicycle with a note requesting an interview. The answer was an invitation for three o'clock the following day. I was to stay for tea, too. ' He came into the room to his wife's side and raised a pleasant countenance, genial though disturbed, with that beard pointed ahead of him, and attempted an unpained salutation. ' He looked quizzically at me: I was not an unpleasant face to look at, and if the tenor of my note belied my appearance, I think the novelty delighted him, as many things I said did.

The breath offresh air usually meant climbing a tree or playing by the moat so it was no real hardship. NOTES John Conrad (1906-82) was Conrad's younger son. His birth is described by his brother Borys on p. 9. He trained as an architect and practised professionally until a few years before his death. Like Borys, he took an active interest in preserving his father's literary reputation. The extract recalls memories from the period 1910-14, when the Conrads were living at Capel House, near Ashford in Kent.

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