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revised and enlarged, the second one variation of A Conrad Chronology attracts upon a wealthy diversity of released and unpublished fabrics.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 deals an in depth genuine list of Joseph Conrad's unfolding lifestyles as seaman and author in addition to tracing the compositional and booklet historical past of his significant works.
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Publication of Almayer’s Folly by Unwin (in America by Macmillan, 3 May; unserialized), dedicated to the memory of Bobrowski. Sees Unwin and broaches the possibility of a Polish translation of Almayer’s Folly; Unwin tells him that W. E. Henley, editor of the New Review, has not reacted favourably to his first novel. May 1 (Wed) Leaves for Champel, Switzerland, to seek relief from ‘attacks of melancholy’ and to press on with An Outcast (to Poradowska: CL, I, 211). As on his previous trip, he stays at the Hôtel de la Roseraie.
3 Aug) Allowed no rest period, JC departs in the Roi des Belges, under the command of Captain Ludvig Koch, for Stanley Falls, serving first as supernumerary and then as temporary master. Delcommune is also on board for the 1,000-mile trip, apparently undertaken to aid the disabled company steamer, the Ville de Bruxelles. JC immediately starts the ‘Up-river Book’, a navigational guide, with maps and sketches, made during his 28-day up-river passage on the River Congo. (1 Sept) Roi des Belges arrives at Stanley Falls, where JC is ill with dysentery.
On the 19th, a Spectator review of Almayer’s Folly refers to JC as ‘the Kipling of the Malay Archipelago’ (CR, I, 47). In a letter to Émilie Briquel of 14 November he writes of a recent visit to Unwin’s office to see a first copy of An Outcast and discloses that he is involved in a lawsuit. Advises an ex-seaman Edward Noble on his first literary venture and (on the 28 November) asks Garnett to consider Noble’s work for publication. Later in the year he probably begins The Sisters 1896 33 (unfinished [CDOUP]).
A Conrad Chronology by O. Knowles