Within the Tides (1915) was the last volume of short stories published during Conrad's lifetime. In this book, the stories are published for the first time in a critical edition based upon a thorough analysis of the original documents, and the critical texts have been emended so as to include Conrad's later revisions. The introduction discusses Conrad's main sources and influences, places the stories in their contemporary contexts and traces the volume's contemporary reception. The essay on the texts and the 'Apparatus' document the history of composition and publication and detail the revisions that the texts underwent, demonstrating as well how editors and compositors shaped their presentation in serial form. Also included are explanatory notes glossing literary and historical allusions. Two glossaries - of nautical terms and of foreign words and phrases - further enrich the explanatory matter, as do a map and six illustrations.
Laurence Davies is Professor and Honorary Senior Research Fellow in English at the University of Glasgow. Alexandre Fachard is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Lausanne. Andrew Purssell recently completed his doctorate at Royal Holloway, University of London.
General editors' preface; Acknowledgements; Chronology; Abbreviations and note on editions; Introduction; Within the Tides: author's note; The planter of Malata; The partner; The inn of the two witches: a find; Because of the dollars; The texts: an essay; Apparatus; Textual notes; Appendices; Explanatory notes; Glossaries.