Magazine December 18, 2017, Issue

Polish Blood, English Heart

Writer Joseph Conrad. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World, by Maya Jasanoff (Penguin, 400 pp., $30)

Joseph Conrad and Thomas Hardy were near-exact contemporaries: Hardy was 17 years older, but he outlived the younger man by four years — the quiet life in Dorset was more healthful than Conrad’s melancholic and lonely existence down the road in Kent, where he died of heart trouble and was buried, under a marker with his surname misspelled, as oblivious crowds of sport enthusiasts descended on Canterbury for the 1924 cricket festival. The two might have passed each other on the beach at Brighton or on the street in London, and they were conjoined in the minds of their contemporaries.

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