Serialized in Ford Madox Ford's English Review in 1908-9, A Personal Record (1912) both documents and fictionalizes Conrad's early life and the opening stages of his careers as a writer and as a seaman. It is also an artistic and political manifesto. This volume provides the most accurate and scholarly edition available. Mistakes introduced by typists and earlier publishers have been corrected to present the text as Conrad intended it. The introduction traces Conrad's sources and gives the history of writing and reception. The essay on the text and the apparatus set out the textual history. The notes explain literary and historical references, identify places, and gloss foreign terms. Four maps and a genealogical table supplement this explanatory material. This edition of A Personal Record, established through modern textual scholarship, presents Conrad's reminiscences and the volume's two prefaces in forms more authoritative than any so far printed.
Zdzislaw Najder is Professor of English at the University of Opole, Poland. J. H. Stape is Research Fellow at St Mary's University College, Twickenham, London and has taught at universities in England, Canada, France and the Far East. Author of The Several Lives of Joseph Conrad (2007) and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad (1996), he has edited several of Conrad's texts and is co-editor of Conrad's collected letters (Volumes 7 and 9). He has also published on E. M. Forster, William Golding, Thomas Hardy, Frank Harris, Angus Wilson and Virginia Woolf.
Chronology; Abbreviations; Introduction; A Personal Record; Author's Note; A Familiar Preface; The Texts: An Essay; A Personal Record; Serialization; Book Editions; 'A Familiar Preface'; Copy-texts; Emendation; The 'Author's Note'; The Cambridge Texts; Apparatus; Emendation and Variation; Emendations of Accidentals; End-of-line Word-division; Appendix; Extracts from Tadeusz Bobrowski's Pamietnik; Notes.