About the Author
Polish author Joseph Conrad is considered to be one of the greatest English-language novelists, a remarkable achievement considering English was not his first language. Conrad's literary works often featured a nautical setting, reflecting the influences of his early career in the Merchant Navy, and his depictions of the struggles of the human spirit in a cold, indifferent world are best exemplified in such seminal works as Heart of Darkness, Lord JimM, The Secret Agent, Nostromo, and Typhoon. Regarded as a forerunner of modernist literature, Conrad's writing style and characters have influenced such distinguished writers as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, William S. Burroughs, Hunter S. Thompson, and George Orwell, among many others. Many of Conrad's novels have been adapted for film, most notably Heart of Darkness, which served as the inspiration and foundation for Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film Apocalpyse Now.
Ralph Cosham is an award-winning narrator of stories on children's audiocassettes. He has narrated such classics as: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, Classic Stories and Poems by Edgar Allen Poe, Sherlock Holmes Mysteries by Arthur Conan Doyle, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll. His version of Classic Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe was awarded Best Audio of the Year for four straight years (1993-96) by Publishers Weekly.