A Conrad Chronology by O. Knowles

By O. Knowles

Newly revised and enlarged, the second one version of A Conrad Chronology attracts upon a wealthy variety of released and unpublished fabrics. It bargains a close real list of Joseph Conrad's unfolding existence as seaman and author in addition to tracing the compositional and e-book background of his significant works.

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Establishing contact with James Craig, master of the Vidar, he joins that ship as first mate and (from 22 Aug) makes four trading trips between Singapore and small Dutch East Indies ports on Borneo and the Celebes. A main port of call, the Malay settlement of Berau on the Berau River (eastern Borneo), later provides the basis for JC's fictional'Sambir' in his first novels. ' 1888 After signing off the Vidar on 4 January, JC lodges at the Sailors' Home in Singapore for a fortnight. During this stay he is offered and accepts his one and only permanent command - the Otago, an Australian-owned barque whose captain has recently died - and, after receiving notice of command on the 19th, hurriedly joins the ship in Bangkok on the 24th.

A fortnight later the ship makes a round-voyage to Melbourne, returning to Sydney on 11 July. From there the Otago sails (7 Aug) to Port Louis, Mauritius, via the potentially hazardous Torres Strait, arriving on 30 September. During a two-month stay JC mixes freely with the island's French community and develops a romantic attraction for Eugenie Renouf, to whom he Sea Years (1874--93) 13 eventually proposes. Finding out that she is already engaged, the disappointed suitor leaves with the Otago two days later (21 Nov) for Melbourne.

26 (or 3 Dec) Has been 'absolutely bogged down' with OI for the last fortnight (to MP). According to Jessie, she and JC renew contact about this time, when JC turns up unexpectedly and takes Jessie and her mother out to dine, the first of several 'jaunts' ace, p. 11). 20 A Conrad Chronology December 3 (Mon) JC's thirty-seventh birthday. 6 (or 13) Agonisingly slow progress on OI - 'Six lines in six days' (to MP). 24 Receives first proofs of AF. 27 Eight chapters of OI completed, the novel is now given its final title.

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