" It was a fortunate thing that he was a reading boy, and a creative reader at that...he read the sea stories of Marryat and James Fenimore Cooper." " He perused his father's translations of THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, AS YOU LIKE IT, A COMEDY OF ERRORS, and OTHELLO." " Conrad became involved with the hopeless cause of Carlism." "'Everybody must walk in the light of his own gospel. no man's light is any good to any of his fellows. We are too varied . Another's truth is only a dismal lie to me.'" "He was one of the first writers to exhibit savage indignation at the white man's atrocities against the natives of the Congo. To regard THE NIGGER OF THE NARCISSUS as a racist piece of invective is no more justified than to consider THE MERCHANT OF VENICE as an anti-
Semitic treatise." "As in THE SECRET SHARER, nothing is really simple. The captain's main problem is again self-doubt. The assumption of command places a sense of intolerable burden on his shoulders." "Conrad placed a motto on the first page of THE SHADOW LINE, from Baudelaire: 'D'autres fois calme plat, grand mirroir/ De mon desespoir.'" "A number of critics think of the relationship between the Captain and Leggart as homosexual." " THE SECRET SHARER was made into a film of 1953. it starred James Mason as the Captain, Michael Pate as 'the swimmer,' and Gene Lockhart as Captain Archbold....the comic aspects were brilliantly done by Lockhart."
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