Joseph Conrad Poster


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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 3 December 1857Berdichev, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire [now Berdychiv, Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukraine]
Date of Death 3 August 1924Oswalds, Bishopsbourne, England, UK  (heart attack)
Birth NameJózef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski

Mini Bio (1)

Joseph Conrad was born in Berdichev, Kiev Province, now the Ukraine, to Polish parents Apollo Korzeniowski and Ewa Bobrowska. His father was a political activist and he and his family were exiled after he was suspected of involvement with revolutionary activities. Conrad had no friends as a child and rarely associated with boys or girls. His mother had always been a sickly person and died of tuberculosis in 1865. Conrad's father sent him to live with his uncle and pursue his education in France. Conrad's father died in 1869, also of tuberculosis. Conrad became an officer on British ships and spent two decades on various ships. Conrad was inspired to write "Heart of Darkness" after voyaging to Congo in 1890. In 1894, Conrad published his first novel and in 1896 he married Jessie George, an on-again off-again girlfriend. Conrad had few friends in adulthood, mainly fellow authors such as Stephen Crane and Henry James. Conrad died of a heart attack in 1924.

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Spouse (1)

Jessie George (1896 - 3 August 1924) (his death) (4 children)

Trade Mark (2)

His novels almost almost always take place at sea
His writing is often deeply psychological and rarely reflects any romance or relationships.

Trivia (5)

Spoke Russian, Polish, French and English fluently.
Was a perfectionist: He would often spend hours trying to find the right word for every sentence.
He allegedly declined knighthood for his services to literature.
Did not publish his first novel until he was age 37.
He did not speak English for much of his adult life and learned by listening to sailors on his voyages.

Personal Quotes (4)

The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much.
The sea has never been a friendly man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.
We live, as we dream - alone.
A belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.

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