Joseph Conrad: Victory: An Island Tale

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Having worked on the book from October 1912 to May 1914, Conrad published Victory: An Island Tale (1915) when he was 57, towards the end of his writing-career. It is a transitional novel, not often now considered alongside his earlier masterpieces such as Nostromo (1904) or The Secret Agent (1907), but superior to anything of comparable length that he wrote afterwards. It was written at a time when Conrad was suddenly gaining the enormous success he had always wanted, but not with the work he would have felt merited it. With the book publication of Chance, the year before Victory, Conrad had begun to become a popular author. After years of debt and anxiety in which he produced half-a-dozen …

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Childs, Peter. "Victory: An Island Tale". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 July 2001
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