By J. H. Stape, Ernest W. Sullivan II
Written in 1899-1900, Lord Jim is one of many key works of literary Modernism. a singular of enormous strength, it hasn't ever been out of print, attracting readers for over a century and variously influencing the advance of twentieth-century fiction. This page-by-page transcription of the surviving manuscript and fragmentary typescript deals a privileged glimpse into the writer's workshop, permitting a reader to persist with heavily the evolution of personality, narrative approach, and issues. Accompanying the transcription of the radical (about 1/2 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 observe" to the radical. Lord Jim: A Transcription of the Manuscript makes on hand for the 1st time fabric housed in far-flung files and encourages genetic techniques to a piece acclaimed for its polished variety, 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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It beats me. ” He slapped his wrinkled low forehead. “If he had been poor and old and in debt – and never a show – or else mad. But he wasn’t of the kind that goes mad, Leaf 100 Not he. You trust me. What a mate don’t know about his skipper isn’t worth knowing. Young, healthy, well off, no cares ... I sit here sometimes thinking, thinking till my head fairly begins to buzz. There was some reason”. “You may depend on it Captain Jones, it wasn’t anything that would have disturbed much either of us two” I said.
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. Most unusual – that thread of logic in such a delirium. Traditionally he ought to see snakes but he doesn’t. His er – visions are batrachian. Ha! ha! I never remember being so interested in a case of jim-jams before. He ought to be dead – don’t you know – after such a festive experience.
He gave me a lot of instructions as to the passage – I had been in the trade before he was out of his time – and lots of hints as to my conduct with our people in Shanghai so that I should keep the command of the ‘Ossa’. He wrote like a father Captain Marlow, and I was five and twenty years his senior and had tasted salt water before he was fairly breeched. To the owners he wrote saying that he had always done his duty by them – up to that moment – but even now he was not abusing their confidence as he was leaving the ship to as competent a seaman as could be found – meaning me, sir, Leaf 95 meaning me.