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Heart of Darkness : A Norton Critical Edition

Heart of Darkness : A Norton Critical Edition - 3rd edition

Heart of Darkness : A Norton Critical Edition - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 9780393955521

ISBN10: 0393955524

Heart of Darkness : A Norton Critical Edition by Joseph Conrad and Robert Kimbrough - ISBN 9780393955521
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 3RD 88
Copyright: 1988
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Published: 1988
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Heart of Darkness : A Norton Critical Edition by Joseph Conrad and Robert Kimbrough - ISBN 9780393955521

ISBN13: 9780393955521

ISBN10: 0393955524

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 3RD 88

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Conrad's classic about a cruel, corrupt trader in the Congo raises profound questions about the compromises people sometimes make with evil.

In Conrad's haunting tale, Marlow, a seaman and wanderer, recounts his physical and psychological journey in search of the enigmatic Kurtz. Travelling to the heart of the African continent, he discovers how Kurtz has gained his position of power and influence over the local people. Marlow's struggle to fathom his experience involves him in a radical questioning of not only his own nature and values but the nature and values of his society.

In these literary triumphs, renowned author Joseph Conrad has written two of the most chilling, disturbing, and noteworthy novels of the 20th century. While "Heart of Darkness" makes a devastating comment on humankind's corruptibility and moral depravity, "The Secret Sharer" boldly explores the dark shadows of the unconscious mind. These are stories that encapsulate Conrad's literary achievements, as well as hauntingly portray the dark side of man. Introduction of Joyce Carol Oates.

Author Bio

Kimbrough, Robert (Ed.) : University of Wisconsin-Madison

Robert Kimbrough is Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida and Its Setting, Sir Philip Sidney, and numerous scholarly articles, and is the editor of the Norton Critical Editions of The Nigger of the "Narcissus" and The Turn of the Screw.

Conrad, Joseph (Ed.) :

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


The Text of Heart of Darkness
Author's Note
Heart of Darkness

Background and Sources

A Map of the Congo Free State, 1890
Maurice N. Hennessy · [The Congo Free State: A Brief History, 1876 to 1908]
Sir Harry Johnston · [George Grenfell: A Missionary in the Congo]
John Hope Franklin · Stalking George Washington Williams
George Washington Williams · A Report upon the Congo-State and Country to the President of the Republic of the United States of America
John Hope Franklin · [William's "Open Letter" to Leopold and the "Railway Report"]
George Washington Williams · An Open Letter to his Serene
Majesty Leopold II, King of the Belgians and Sovereign of the Independent State of Congo
George Washington Williams · A Report on the Proposed Congo Railway
John Hope Franklin · [Williams Ignored]
John DeCourcy MacDonnell · [The Visionary King]
Richard Harding Davis( [His Brother's Keeper]
King Leopold II · [The Sacred Mission of Civilization]
A Map of Zaire, 1987
Lynne Rice · Zaire, from Colony to Nation: A Brief History, 1908 to 1987


Muriel C. Bradbrook · [Conrad: A Biographical Sketch]
Joseph Conrad · Geography and Some Explorers
Joseph Conrad · ["When I Grow Up I Shall Go There"]
Joseph Conrad · Extracts from Correspondence, January 16 to June 18, 1890
Zdislaw Najder · [Introduction to "The Congo Diary" and the "Up-River Book"]
Joseph Conrad · The Congo Diary
Joseph Conrad · Up-River Book
Joseph Conrad · [Stanley Falls, Early September 1890]
Joseph Conrad · Extracts from Correspondence, September 24 and 26, 1890
G. Jean-Aubry · [Marguerite Poradowska's Letter to Albert Thys]
G. Jean-Aubry · [Letter from Conrad's Uncle]
Joseph Conrad · [Two Final Notes]
Albert J. Guerard · [From Life to Art]


G. Jean-Aubry · [From Sailor to Novelist]
Edward Garnett · [Art Drawn from Memory]
Richard Curle · [His Piercing Memory]
Ford Madox Ford · [The Setting]
Joseph Conrad · Extracts from Correspondence, July 22, 1896, to December 3, 1902
Ford Madox Ford · [The Ending]
Conrad's Manuscript of Heart of Darkness "Oh! The horror!"
"Mistah Kurtz-he dead."
"The last word he pronounced was-your name."
... into the heart of an immense darkness.


[Fidelity: Four Notes]
[The Cruel Sea]
[The Faithful River]
[The World of the Living]
[To Make You See]
[Fiction is Human History]
[The Symbolic Character of Fiction]
[Explicitness Is Fatal to Art]
[My Manner of Telling]
Arthur Symons · [Every Novel Contains Autobiography]


Robert F. Haugh · [Heart of Darkness: Problem for Critics]
Albert J. Guerard · The Journey Within
Chinua Achebe · An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness
Wilson Harris · The Frontier on Which Heart of Darkness Stands
Frances B. Singh · The Colonialistic Bias of Heart of Darkness
C.P. Sarvan · Racism and the Heart of Darkness
Mike Wilmington · Worth the Wait: Apocalypse Now
Robert LaBrasca · Two Visions of "The horror!"
William M. Hagen · Heart of Darkness and the Process of Apocalypse Now
E.N. Dorall · Conrad and Coppola: Different Centres of Darkness
Ian Watt · [Impressionism and Symbolism in Heart of Darkness]
Robert S. Baker · [Watt's Conrad]
Bruce Johnson · Conrad's Impressionism and Watt's "Delayed Decoding"
Garrett Stewart · Lying as Dying in Heart of Darkness
Juliet McLauchlan · The "Value" and "Significance" of Heart of Darkness
Michael Levenson · The Value of Facts in Heart of Darkness
Robert Kimbrough · Conrad's Youth (1902): An Introduction

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