Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time
Introduction by Caryl Phillips
Commentary by H. L. Mencken, E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Bertrand Russell, Lionel Trilling, Chinua Achebe, and Philip Gourevitch
Originally published in 1902, " Heart of Darkness" remains one of this century's most enduring works of fiction. Written several years after Joseph Conrad's grueling sojourn in the Belgian Congo, the novel is a complex meditation on colonialism, evil, and the thin line between civilization and barbarity. This edition contains selections from Conrad's "Congo Diary" of 1890 the first notes, in effect, for the novel, which was composed at the end of that decade. Virginia Woolf wrote of Conrad: His books are full of moments of vision. They light up a whole character in a flash. . . . He could not write badly, one feels, to save his life.
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.
Francis E. Low is Institute Professor Emeritus of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With over 40 years in the field, he has lectured and published widely on theoretical and particle physics.
Caryl Phillips is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction including "Dancing in the Dark", "Crossing the River", and "Color Me English". His novel "A Distant Shore "won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and his other awards include a Lannan Foundation Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and Britain's oldest literary award the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in New York.