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Joseph Conrad Joseph Conrad (born Teodor Jozef Konrad Korzeniowski) was born on December 3, 1857 in Berdicew, Poland. He was a Polish-born British novelist.

Biography and Career :

His father was Apollo Nalecz Korzeniowski and his mother Evelina Bobrowska. Because his father was involved in a plot the hole family was exiled in northern Russia in 1862.

His mother, Ewa, passed away on the 6th of June 1865 and Joseph was given to his uncle Tadeusz Bobrowski.

Four years later Josef and his father Apollo went to Krakow in February 1869, and on the 23rd of May Apollo died. Josef went to the schools there and in May 1873 he went to Switzerland and northern Italy.

On the 14th of October 1874 Conrad left to Marseille.

Between 1876-1877 he started a sailor career, one year later he tried t o suicide but didn't succeed and in 1883 he became navy officer.

In 1886 he sent his first story "The Black Mate" to Tit-Bits magazine.
He started working on "Almayer's Folly" in 1889 and sent it to editor T. Fisher Unwin in 1894.

Conrad wrote between 1894-1895 "An Outcast of the Islands".

On the 24th of March 1896 he married Jessie George and met H. G. Wells.

One year later he met Henry James and it appeared "The Night of the Narcissus".
There was born his first child, Alfred Borys, in 1898 and the family moved in Kent.

In 1899 he finished "Heart of Darkness" and his second son was born in 1906.
Between 1902-1913 he wrote: "Youth", "Nostromo", "The Mirror of the Sea", "The Secret Agent", "A Set OF Six", "Under Western Eyes", "Twixt Land and Sea", "Chance" and "Victory".

In July 1914 he left to Poland and the war surprised him there and returned to Capel House.

He wrote between 1915-1919 "Within the Tides", "The Shadow Line" and "The Arrow of Gold".

In 1919 he moved to Canterbury where he spent his last years of life.
Conrad traveled to Corsica in 1921 and published "Notes on Life and Letters" and to New York where had an enormous success.

In 1924 Josef received a knight title but he refused it.
He suffered a heart attack and on the 3rd of August 1924 he passed away.

Important Writings :

- 1889 "Almayer's Folly"
- 1894-1895 "An Outcast of the Islands"
- 1897 "The Night of the Narcissus"
- 1902 "Youth"
- 1904 "Nostromo"
- 1906 "The Mirror of the Sea"
- 1908 "A Set OF Six"
- 1911 "Under Western Eyes"
- 1912 "Twixt Land and Sea"
- 1913 "Chance"
- 1913 "Victory"
- 1915 "Within The Tides"
- 1917 "The Shadow Line"
- 1920 "The Rescue"
- 1925 "Tales of Hearsay" (postmortem)
- 1926 "Essays" (postmortem)
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