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The nigger of the ‘Narcissus' : a tale of the sea
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ISBN: 9781107141407 1107141400 Year: 2017 Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press,

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Charting a homeward-bound voyage from Bombay to London aboard a sailing ship, 'The Nigger of the 'Narcissus'' (1897) captured the late-Victorian era's maritime obsession and identified the strikingly original talent of Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) as a sea writer in what has proved to be a landmark of sea literature. The Introduction situates the novel in Conrad's career and traces its origins and reception. Explanatory notes illuminate literary and historical references, identify real-life places and indicate Conrad's sources and influences. The essay on the text and the apparatus lay out the history of the work's composition and publication, and detail interventions by Conrad's typists, compositors and editors. Also included are notes explaining literary and historical references, a glossary of nautical terms, illustrations, including maps and pictures of early drafts, and appendixes. This edition of 'The Nigger of the 'Narcissus'' presents the novel and its preface in forms more authoritative than any so far printed, and restores a text that has circulated in defective forms since its original publication.

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