Victory: An Island Tale

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About the Author

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) was born in Ukraine. In 1861 his family was exiled to Northern Russia because of his father's political activities. Then in 1969, both of Conrad's parents died of tuberculosis, so he moved to Switzerland to live with his uncle. Conrad attended school in Kraków, but he dreamed of the sea, and in the 1870s he joined the French merchant marines. While working on a ship, Conrad made voyages to the West Indies and was even involved in arms smuggling. Eventually Conrad joined the British merchant navy and swiftly climbed the ranks. By 1886 he was commanding his own ship and was given British citizenship. It was at this time that he officially changed his name to Joseph Conrad. In 1894, at the age of 36, Conrad finally left the sea behind him, settled down in England, and began to write his famous stories.
J. H. Stape, Senior Research Fellow in English at St Mary's University College, Twickenham, London, has taught at universities in England, Canada, France and the Far East. The author of The Several Lives of Joseph Conrad (2007) and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad (1996), he has edited Conrad texts for Penguin Books and Oxford World's Classics and co-edited Volumes 7 and 9 of Conrad's Collected Letters. He has also published on E. M. Forster, William Golding, Thomas Hardy, Frank Harris, Angus Wilson and Virginia Woolf.
Alexandre Fachard, Chargé de cours at the Universités de Lausanne and de Genève, teaches English literature. He has edited Within the Tides (Cambridge University Press, 2012) for The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad and has written for The Conradian and The Yearbook of Conrad Studies. He has also contributed articles on Sheridan and Swift to The Literary Encyclopedia.
Richard Niland is Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde and has also taught at Richmond International University (London). He is the author of Conrad and History (2010) and the editor of Volume 3, A Personal Record to The Arrow of Gold, of Joseph Conrad: The Contemporary Reviews (Cambridge University Press, 2012). He has written for The Conradian, the Journal of Popular Culture and The Polish Review.