About the BookThe new series of WRITERS AND THEIR WORK continues a tradition of innovative critical studies introducing writers and their contexts to a wide range of readers. Drawing upon the most recent thinking in English studies, each book con¬siders biographical material, examines recent criticism, includes a detailed bibliography, and offers a concise but challenging reappraisal of a writer’s major work.
Locating Conrad’s work in the context of the writer’s life and cultural milieu, Cedric Watts’s study offers a perceptive introduction to the range and main phases of Joseph Conrad’s literary development. Drawing out the distinctive thematic preoccupations and technical devices in Conrad’s writing, Watts explores and demonstrates his importance as a moral, social, and political commentator. Focusing in particular on Almayer’s Folly, The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’, ’Heart of Darkness’, Lord Jim, Nostromo and Chance, Professor Watts’s critical discussions address recent contro¬versial developments in the evaluation of this magisterial, vivid, complex, and problematic author.About the Author/sCedric Watts, Professor of English at the University of Sussex, is recognized internationally as a leading authority on the life and works of Joseph Conrad. Of the twenty books that he has written or edited, thirteen are devoted either to Conrad or to Conrad’s friend Cunninghame Graham.