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Józef Teodor Naecz Konrad Korzeniowki (Conrad Joseph)

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Born: 1857 AD
Died: 1924 AD, at 66 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Authors, Novelists

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1857 - Born on the 3rd of December in Berdichev, Ukraine, Russian.

1874 - Conrad left for Marseille with the intention of going to sea.

1876 - In July, he again sailed to the West Indies, as a steward on the Saint-Antoine.

1878 - He signed on in April as a deckhand on a British freighter bound for Constantinople with a cargo of coal.

         - In June, It was Conrad's first English landfall, and he spoke only a few words of the language of which he was to become a recognized master.

1880 - In June, he passed his examination as second mate.

1881 - In April, he joined the Palestine, a bark of 425 tons.

1883 - In September, he shipped as mate on the Riversdale, leaving her at Madras to join the Narcissus at Bombay.

1886 - Studied for his first mate's certificate, two notable events occurred:

1887 - In February, he sailed as first mate on the Highland Forest, bound for Semarang, Java.

1889 - He took rooms near the Thames and, while waiting for a command, began to write Almayer's Folly.

1891 - He was in the Congo for four months, returning to England in January.

1894 - He made several more voyages as a first mate, when his guardian Tadeusz Bobrowski died, his sea life was over.

         - Conrad sent Almayer's Folly to the London publisher Fisher Unwin, and the book was published in April.

1895 - He married the 22-year-old Jessie George, by whom he had two sons.

1912 - His novel Chance was successfully serialized in the New York Herald, and his novel Victory, published, was no less successful.

1924 - He refused an offer of knighthood from Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald, and he died shortly thereafter. Died on the 3rd of August in Canterbury, Kent, England.

 

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