Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)
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- Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski born December 3 in
Berdichev (or vicinity) to Apollo Nalecz Korzeniowski
and Evelina (Ewa) Bobrowska.
- May 8, Apollo Korzeniowski exiled to Vologda, Russia,
accompanied by his wife and son.
- June 6, Conrad's mother dies. Conrad in care of maternal
uncle, Tadeusz Bobrowski.
- Apollo Korzeniowski and son return to Cracow in February. Apollo dies on May 23. Conrad attends (sporadically) school in Cracow.
- In May leaves for a three-month-long stay in Switzerland
and northern Italy. First view of the sea.
- On October 14 leaves Cracow for Marseilles.
- Apprentice on the Mont-Blanc, bound for Martinique.
- From January to July in Marseilles; from July to February 1877 on schooner Saint-Antoine to West Indies.
- Acquires (with three other men) the tartane, the Tremolino which carries arms illegally to the supporters of
Don Carlos, the Spanish pretender.
- In February attempts suicide by shooting himself
through the chest. On April 24 leaves Marseilles on
British steamer Mavis. On June 18 sets foot in England
at Lowestoft. Serves as ordinary seaman on coaster The
Skimmer of the Sea.
- Passes mate's examination on July 4. Meets uncle Bobrowski at Marienbad. Mate on the sailing ship
- 1884 Second mate on the Narcissus, bound from Bombay to
- Second mate on the Tilkhurst; August 19, receives British certificate of naturalization. November 11,
passes examination, receives his "Certificate of Competency as Master"; first story, "The Black Mate," submitted to Tit-Bits.
- First mate on Highland Forest. Hurt by a falling spar,
hospitalized in Singapore (experience recalled in Lord
Jim). Second mate on steamship Vidar (Singapore-Borneo).
- On Melita (bound for Bangkok), then his first command
on the baroque the Otago (Bangkok-Sydney-Mauritius-Port Adelaide). Experiences described in The
Shadow-Line, Victory, "The Secret Sharer," "A Smile of
Fortune," and other works.
- Summer in London; begins writing Almayer's Folly.
- First trip to Poland since he left in 1874. In May he
leaves for the Congo. Second in command, then in
command of S. S. Roi de Belges.
- First mate on Torrens. English passenger (Jacques) reads
the first nine chapters of Almayer's Folly, offers encouragement; meets John Galsworthy aboard the ship. Visits uncle Bobrowski in Poland.
- Second mate on Adowa (London-Rouen-London). Ends his career as seaman on January 14, 1894. Uncle Bobrowski dies on January 29, 1894. In April Conrad sends Almayer's Folly to T. Fisher Unwin.
- Writes An Outcast of the Islands.
- Match 24, marries Jessie George.
- Completes The Nigger of the "Narcissus"; friendship with
R. B. Cunninghame Graham.
- Son Alfred Borys born January 14. In October moves to
Petit Farm, Kent.
- In February completes Heart of Darkness.
- Finishes Lord Jim.
- Nostromo. Writes The Mirror of the Sea. Wife ill, practically an invalid.
- Spends four months in Europe.
- Spends two months in France. Second son John Alexander born August 2.
- Children ill in France. Returns to Pent Farm in August.
The Secret Agent.
- A Set of Six.
- In June moves to Capel House, Kent. Seriously ill.
- Under Western Eyes.
- 'Twixt Land and Sea, Tales.
- Chance. Writes Victory. Leaves for Poland in July 1914;
meets Stefan Zeromski in Zakopane; caught by the war
in August; escapes and returns to Capel House
- Victory. Within the Tides.
- Borys fights on the French front.
- The Shadow-Line. Writes prefaces for a new collected
edition of his works.
- Borys, gassed and wounded, is hospitalized in Le Havre.
- The Arrow of Gold. Moves to Oswalds, Bishopbourne,
near Canterbury, where he spends the last years of his
- The Rescue.
- Visits Corsica. Notes on Life and Utters.
- Visits New York (April-June). Reading from his Victory
at home of Mrs. Arthur Curtiss James, May 10. The
Secret Agent, Drama in Four Acts (adaptation of the novel).
The Rover. Laughing Anne, a play (adaptation of "Because
of the Dollars").
- Jacob Epstein does Conrad's bust. In May Conrad declines knighthood. Health deteriorates and he is bedridden. His wife is also ill. Both sons and Richard Curle are
with them. Dies of heart attack August 3. Buried in
- Suspense (incomplete). Tales of Hearsay.
- Last Essays.
- The Sisters (written in 1896; incomplete.)
- Jessie Conrad dies December 6. Buried near her husband
- Alfred Borys Conrad, the eider son of Conrad, dies on
This extract is taken from Adam Gillon, Joseph Conrad (Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1982)
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