Joseph Conrad World Literature Analysis - Essay

Joseph Conrad World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Conrad is notable for three major contributions to English and world literature: his unique style, his addition of new settings and genres to serious writing, and his creation of the psychological story. Conrad’s style is remarkable, not least because he was already an adult by the time he had learned to speak and write English. In early works such as Almayer’s Folly, or An Outcast of the Islands, the descriptions of jungle or exotic landscapes are remarkable for their precision and detail. In the short story “The Lagoon,” the landscape itself becomes a character in the tale rather than merely a setting or background.

The early stories, as critics have noted, tend to be static and somewhat...

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