There are men here and there to whom the whole of life is like an after-dinner hour with a cigar; easy, pleasant, empty, perhaps enlivened by some fable of strife to be forgotten – before the end is told – even if there happens to be any end to it… Joseph Conrad


Joseph Conrad : a biography  Jeffrey Meyers  New York : Charles Scribner’s Sons, c 1991  Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. xvi, 428 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 373-416) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

Born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski in Berdyczów, now in the Ukraine, he changed his name to Joseph Conrad in 1886 when he became a British citizen, and gained his Master Mariner’s Certificate. He voyaged widely in the East, the setting for many of his most famous novels. Conrad settled in England in 1894 and lived in Kent for 25 years after working at sea and although English was his second language he slowly established himself  with Lord Jim, 1900, Nostromo, 1904, and Under Western Eyes, 1911.

Conrad spent his last five years at Bishopsbourne, near Canterbury. His family donated to Canterbury Museums a range of furniture and personal items that had belonged to Conrad. A recreation of his study at Canterbury Heritage Museum includes his writing table, typewriter, favourite pen, chess set and hatbox.

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Also on display is a bronze bust of Conrad made by Sir Jacob Epstein in 1924, a few months before the writer died.

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