Four classic stories of the sea by Joseph Conrad: "Typhoon," "Amy Foster," "Falk," and "Tomorrow"
These powerful stories, as Conrad critic Paul Kirschner has observed, present "a chiaroscuro of sea and land life in an alternating rhythm of hope and despair." In "Typhoon," a storm upends a captain's complacency, hurling him and his crew into a terrifying battle with nature. "Amy Foster" tells the story of an Eastern European immigrant shipwrecked off the coast of England, and his ultimately doomed love affair with the dim-witted Amy Foster. In "Falk," the protagonist harbors a terrible secret that inhibits his ability to confront the woman he loves and find the wife he longs for. And in "Tomorrow," the son of a retired sea captain, who has been waiting years for his boy to come home, finally returns, but only because he is destitute and needs money.
About the Author
Joseph Conrad was a master prose stylist, widely regarded as one of the greatest English-language novelists. Writing in the heyday of the British Empire, Conrad drew upon his experiences in the French and later the British Merchant Navy to create short stories and novels that reflect aspects of a worldwide empire while also plumbing the depths of the human soul.
J. H. Stape is Senior Research Fellow at St Mary's University, Twickenham, London. He has taught at universities in Canada, France and Asia. The author of The Several Lives of Joseph Conrad (2007) and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad (1996), he has edited several of Conrad's texts for the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad series and is co-editor of Conrad's Collected Letters (volumes seven and nine). He has also published on E. M. Forster, William Golding, Thomas Hardy, Frank Harris, Angus Wilson and Virginia Woolf.