Joseph Conrad’s Twisted Life

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Joseph Conrad is considered one of the great authors of the 19th and 20th centuries. His books speak about the sea and adventures. These stories were of men on a boat that face the extraordinary loneliness and dangers of the sea, and crazy risks. In fact, before being a writer, Conrad was really a seaman. In Joseph Conrad’s early life his unique parents died while he was young, he lived with his uncle Thaddeus and attended some unique schooling. In Conrad’s early career he deals with the marines and was a ship officer. He also went on voyages that took him to Australia, India, Singapore, Java, and Borneo. Conrad had a life changing career change that totally changed his life. He decided to become a writer, and to write in English, rather than French or Polish. He also had tons of literary works that established his reputation for exotic fiction. There are many types of darkness underneath the surface in Conrad’s life and in Heart of Darkness. In Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Conrad describes the importance of his previous life problems and career in the marines and bases the backbone of his novel and life’s works. Joseph Conrad was born Josef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski in 1857 in the Ukraine, a part of Poland controlled by Russia. Though he was born into an upper-class family, his early life was very tragic. His father was arrested and exiled for political reasons, forcing the family to leave its home and having to move. His mother died of tuberculosis in 1865, and his father died in 1869. In which case, it was very unfortunate for eleven year old Joseph for their back to back deaths. Conrad was orphaned and was placed in the care of his uncle, Thaddeus. But in despite these life changing issues and problems, he received a great formal and unique education and spoke several languages. Conrad was exposed to literature from several nations like English,
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