Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness

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Conrad's novella was serialised in 1899 in Blackwood's Magazine but was not published in book form until its inclusion in Youth, A Narrative, and Two Other Stories in 1902. For some critics, it is the first indisputably modernist work written in English. The book is divided into three chapters which follow a journey up the river Congo by Charles Marlow to find a man called Kurtz.

The narrative begins aboard a cruising yawl called The Nellie. A first narrator introduces the scene, explaining that he is sitting aboard the boat, anchored in the Thames estuary waiting for the tide to turn, with four other men: the Director of Companies, who is their host, a lawyer, an accountant, and Marlow, a seaman. After a s…

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Childs, Peter. "Heart of Darkness". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 January 2002
[, accessed 24 September 2016.]

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  1. The Congo Affair