Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) was born in Berdichev (now Ukraine). It was when he was in his twenties that he managed to speak English, becoming one of the greatest novelists in this language.
In 1874 he moved to Marseilles where he becomes a trainee seaman with the French Merchant Marine.
Most of his novels are his own experiences he had as a seaman.
An Outcast of the Islands (1896)
The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’ (1897)
Lord Jim (1900)
The Inheritors (with Ford Madox Ford) (1901)
Typhoon (1902, begun 1899)
Heart of Darkness (1902)
Romance (with Ford Madox Ford, 1903)
The Secret Agent (1907)
Under Western Eyes (1911)
The Shadow Line (1917)
The Arrow of Gold (1919)
The Rescue (1920)
The Nature of a Crime (1923, with Ford Madox Ford)
The Rover (1923)
Suspense: a Napoleonic Novel
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