By J. H. Stape, Ernest W. Sullivan II
Written in 1899-1900, Lord Jim is without doubt one of the key works of literary Modernism. a singular of vast strength, it hasn't ever been out of print, attracting readers for over a century and variously influencing the improvement of twentieth-century fiction. This page-by-page transcription of the surviving manuscript and fragmentary typescript bargains a privileged glimpse into the writer's workshop, permitting a reader to persist with heavily the evolution of personality, narrative process, and subject matters. Accompanying the transcription of the radical (about half which survives) are supplementary fabrics that give a contribution to the tale of its historical past: a brand new transcription of "Tuan Jim" (the Ur-version of the outlet chapters) and the draft model of Conrad's 1917 "Author's be aware" to the unconventional. Lord Jim: A Transcription of the Manuscript makes to be had for the 1st time fabric housed in far-flung records and encourages genetic ways to a piece acclaimed for its polished type, virtuoso results, and narrative complexity. A "must have" within the library of any pupil of late-Victorian and Modernist fiction, this quantity will allure all readers with a major curiosity within the artwork of fiction.
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He would not know where to turn, he confessed, evidently thinking aloud more than talking to me. Certificate gone, career broken, no money to get away, no work that he could do as far as he could see. At home he could perhaps get something to do – but that meant going to his people for help and that he would not do. He saw nothing for it but ship before the mast – could get perhaps a quartermaster’s billet in some ship. Would do for a quartermaster. – Do you think you would” I asked pitilessly.
There were no boats enough but what was worse there was no time. It did not seem worthwhile to speak or to move. Before he could shout three words Leaf 154 or make three steps he would be floundering in the sea whitened by the desperate struggles of human beings, clamorous with the distress of their cries. He imagined it all perfectly; he went through it motionless by the hatchway with the lamp in his hand, he went through it to the very last harrowing detail. I think he went through it again while he was telling me these things he could not tell in court.
Been to see your man Captain? I think we may let him go to-morrow. Those fools have no notion of taking care of themselves tho’ We’ve got the chief engineer of that pilgrim ship here. A curious case in a way. T. very badly. He has been drinking hard in that Greek’s or Italian’s Leaf 81 grog-shop for three days. What can you expect. Seven bottles of that kind of brandy a day I am told. Wonderful man. Sheeted with boiler-iron inside I should think. The head – ah the head of course gone, but the curious part is there’s some sort of method in his raving.