About the Author
Joseph Conrad was born Jozef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski, on December 3, 1857, in Russian-occupied Poland. His father, who was fighting for Polish independence, wrote a poem asking his son to remain "without land or love" as long as Poland was enslaved. Conrad went to sea at sixteen and and served fifteen years aboard English ships. He became the captain of his own ships, sailing to Asia and Africa. He took up writing at the age of 32. It did not come easy: English was his fourth language after Polish, Russian and French, but he wrote with depth and beauty seldom matched. He was offered knighthood, but declined. He died August 3, 1924.
Vince Passaro's essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in many national magazines and journals, including Esquire, GQ, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and Harper's Magazine, where he is a contributing editor. He lives with his wife and three children in New York City. Violence, Nudity, Adult Content is his first novel.