Roger Casement

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Roger Casement worked in various administrative capacities in the Congo from 1883 to 1892. He first figures in literary history when Joseph Conrad recorded his admiration for him as an unusually intelligent and sympathetic presence in his diary for 1890. Casement is likely to have provided Conrad with many anecdotes of Belgian atrocities against the native population. Casement went to work for the British consular service in Nigeria in 1892 and then returned to the Congo as British consul in 1900. The campaigning work of E.D. Morel (q.v.) from 1898 onwards began to draw attention to what was happening in the Congo and in 1903 Casement was asked to make an official report. It was the furore created by publication of this report early in …

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Citation:
Clark, Robert. "Roger Casement". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 January 2002
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