A Conrad Chronology by O. Knowles

By O. Knowles

Newly revised and enlarged, the second one variation of A Conrad Chronology attracts upon a wealthy diversity of released and unpublished fabrics. It bargains an in depth real list of Joseph Conrad's unfolding existence as seaman and author in addition to tracing the compositional and e-book historical past of his significant works.

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Jacques, a passenger and recent Cambridge graduate, who finds it ‘distinctly’ worth finishing and leaves JC feeling ‘as if already the story-teller were being born into the body of a seaman’ (A Personal Record, p. 17). JC also befriends E. B. Redmayne, a cotton manufacturer from Preston, and his family, with whom he will keep in touch during the mid-1890s and who will be among his first English readers. Israel Zangwill’s The Premier and the Painter (1888) is probably among the books JC reads during these long and uneventful voyages, while with Jacques he discusses Edward Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776–88).

17 Sept) The Palestine leaves Falmouth for Bangkok, still commanded by Captain Beard, but with a new crew. (3 Dec) JC’s 25th birthday. 1883 (12 March) Six months later, spontaneous combustion leads to the ship’s catching fire and causes a coal-gas explosion (14 March), forcing the crew to abandon ship in Bangka Strait, off Sumatra, where the ship sinks on the next day. m. (21 March) Master, officers and crew leave for Singapore in the SS Sissie, arriving the day after. (2 April) A Marine Court of Enquiry exonerates them from all blame.

10 Part I now finished and sent to Garnett, JC probably begins The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’, his first sea story, as a short tale destined for a planned volume of shorter pieces; the story is soon to be laid aside. 12 Recovers from a recent fortnight of illness, perhaps the bout of malarial fever described by Jessie in JCC, pp. 26–7. 17 According to Jessie (JCC, pp. 27–31), the failure of JC’s South African gold investments finally occurs on this day, when a director of the gold mine is lost at sea in the sinking of the Drummond Castle.

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