Heart of Darkness Connections and Further Reading
by Joseph Conrad

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(Great Characters in Literature)

Beach, Joseph W. The Twentieth-Century Novel: Studies in Technique. New York: Century, 1932. Conrad’s narrative style and his characterizations (especially of Kurtz) are discussed. How Conrad’s life experiences are related to the plot is hypothesized.

Gillon, Adam. Joseph Conrad. Boston: Twayne, 1982. A book-length exploration of Conrad’s style and how his technique evolved, especially regarding the narrator, Marlowe. There is also an analytical consideration of Kurtz.

Guerard, Albert J. Conrad the Novelist. New York: Atheneum, 1958. Examines some of the autobiographical elements of the work as well as Conrad’s attitudes toward social and historical events of his time. Provides useful insights into Kurtz’s character.

Hay, Eloise K. The Political Novels of Joseph Conrad. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1963. Presents the view that Heart of Darkness is not the masterpiece critical acclaim would suggest. Explores the social events and political climate of the time to show some of the influences on the plot and style.

Watt, Ian. “Heart of Darkness.” In Conrad in the Nineteenth Century. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1979. A discussion of sources and ideological perspectives relative to Kurtz and the Victorian era. A scholarly assessment in a readable style.

Bibliography and Further Reading

(Short Stories for Students)


Adams, Richard. Heart of Darkness. London: Penguin, 1991.

Bloom, Harold, ed. Marlow. New York: Chelsea House, 1992.

Burden, Robert. Heart of Darkness. London: Macmillan Educational, 1991.

Clifford, Hugh. Review in The Spectator, November 29, 1902.

Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness. New York: Penguin, 1999.

---. Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer. New York: Bantam Books, 1981.

---. The Nigger of the Narcissus. New York: Dell Publishing Company, Inc., 1960.

Dean, Leonard F., ed. Joseph Conrad's ‘‘Heart of Darkness’’: Backgrounds and Criticisms. Prentice-Hall, 1960.

Garnett, Edward. Conrad: The Critical Heritage, edited by Norman Sherry. Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1973, pp. 131-33.

Glassman, Peter J. Language and Being: Joseph Conrad and the Literature of Personality. New York: Columbia University Press, 1976.

Guerard, Albert J. Introduction to Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer. Signet Books/New American Library, 1950.

Guetti, James L. The Limits of Metaphor: A Study of Melville, Conrad and Faulkner. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1967.

Gurko, Leo. Joseph Conrad: Giant in Exile. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1962.

Hawkins, Hunt, and Brian Shaffer, eds. Approaches to Teaching Conrad's ‘‘Heart of Darkness’’ and ‘‘The Secret Sharer.’’ New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2002.

Hay, Eloise Knapp. The Political Novels of Joseph Conrad. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1963.

Karl, Frederick R. Joseph Conrad: The Three Lives. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1979.

Karl, Frederick R., and Marvin Magalaner. A Reader's Guide to Twentieth-Century English Novels. New York: Octagon Books, 1984.

Leondopoulos, Jordan. Still the Moving World: Intolerance Modernism and Heart of Darkness. New York: P. Lang, 1991.

London, Bette Lynn. The Appropriated Voice: Narrative Authority in Conrad, Forster, and Woolf. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1990.

Parry, Benita. Conrad and Imperialism. New York: Macmillan, 1983.

Pecora, Vincent P. Self and Form in Modern Narrative. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989.

Schwarz, Daniel R. Rereading Joseph Conrad. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2000.

Watt, Ian. Essays on Conrad. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Widmer, Kingsley. ‘‘Joseph Conrad,’’ in Concise Dictionary of British Literary Biography, Volume 5: Late Victorian and Edwardian Writers, 1890-1914. Gale Research, 1992, pp. 84-122.

Further Reading

Glassman, Peter J. Language and Being: Joseph Conrad and the Literature of Personality. Colombia University Press, 1976. Chapter 6 develops a philosophically tinged argument about the relation between language and death in Heart of Darkness.

Hay, Eloise Knapp. The Political Novels of Joseph...

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