CONRAD, Joseph


CONRAD, Joseph
(1857-1924)
   Naturalized UK writer, born in Poland. His full name was Josef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski. For most of his life he laboured under the misprision of his early reputation as a teller of"mere" sea tales; but posthumously he has received due attention for more complex later works like Nostromo (1904) and The Secret Agent (1907). Though it is not sf, "Heart of Darkness" (1902), a dense and potently shaped allegory of guilt, colonialism, alienation and false epiphany in the abyss of Africa, has more than once served as a model for modern sf writers, like Michael BISHOP and Lucius SHEPARD, obsessed by similar concerns: whenever an sf explorer comes across a ravaged cod-godling "white man" in the tropical heart of an alien planet, JC's memory has shaped the tale. Another story, "The Secret Sharer" (1912), has similarly been embraced by Robert SILVERBERG in The Secret Sharer (1988). With Ford Madox FORD JC wrote The Inheritors: An Extravagant Story (1901); the people of the title represent a future race, the "Dimensionists", who will come to supersede ordinary mankind. Though the novel is primarily political SATIRE in its projection of the cold, practical, manipulative future humans, it is genuine sf in its use of themes of other DIMENSIONS and EVOLUTION.
   JC/PN
   About the author: "Joseph Conrad's Forgotten Role in the Emergence of Science Fiction" by Elaine L. Kleiner, in EXTRAPOLATION, Dec 1973.
   See also: CLUB STORY.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

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  • Conrad, Joseph — orig. Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski born Dec. 3, 1857, Berdichev, Ukraine, Russian Empire died Aug. 3, 1924, Canterbury, Kent, Eng. Polish British novelist and short story writer. His father was a Polish patriot who was exiled to northern… …   Universalium

  • Conrad, Joseph — (1857–1924)    Born Teodor Józef Konrad Korzeniowski, Polish born British novelist Joseph Conrad used his experiences of more than 16 years in the British merchant marine and as a steamboat captain on the Congo River to give him the material for… …   Encyclopedia of the Age of Imperialism, 1800–1914

  • Conrad, Joseph — ► (1857 1924) Novelista británico. Dio nueva vida a la novela de aventuras, con su evocación profunda y veraz del mar y las tierras exóticas en obras como Juventud (1900) y Lord Jim (1900). * * * orig. Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski (3 dic.… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Conrad,Joseph — Con·rad (kŏnʹrăd ), Joseph. 1857 1924. Polish born British novelist noted as a master of atmosphere and narrative technique. His works include Lord Jim (1900), Heart of Darkness (1902), and Nostromo (1904). * * * …   Universalium

  • Conrad, Joseph — pseud. di Korzeniowski, Józef Teodor Konrad …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • Conrad, Joseph —    Novelist. Almayer s Folly (1895), An Outcast of the Islands (1896), Tales of Unrest (1898), Lord Jim (1900), Typhoon (1903), Nostromo (1904), The Mirror of the Sea (1906), The Secret Agent (1907) …   Short biographical dictionary of English literature

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