Born in Poland in 1857, Joseph Conrad began publishing novels in English in 1895. He was to eventually become one of the greatest prose stylists in English literature. A master at creating character and atmosphere, Conrad is famous for his portrayals of individuals suffering from isolation and moral disintegration.;This second edition has been completely revised to incorporate the very latest scholarly and critical research on Conrad's life and work. It provides the reader with a concise but thorough survey and is complete with a reference section and suggestions for further reading.;The book provides new material on Conrad's heroes and heroines which takes account of current feminist debate.;It contains contextual material, historical, political, biographical, philosophical and literary, with a broad range of critical analyses and insights and it also features commentaries on two major Conradian texts, "Heart of Darkness" and "Nostromo". It is amied at undergraduates and the interested general reader.