Joseph Conrad

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Joseph Conrad (born Teodor J�zef Konrad Korzeniowski, 3 December 1857 � 3 August 1924) was a Polish-born British novelist. Some of his works have been labeled romantic: Conrad's supposed "romanticism" is heavily imbued with fierce irony and a fine sense of man's capacity for self-deception. Many critics regard Conrad as a forerunner of modernism.

Conrad's narrative style and existential, anti-heroic characters have influenced many writers, including Ernest Hemingway, DH Lawrence, Graham Greene, Joseph Heller and Jerzy Kosiński, as well as inspiring such films as Apocalypse Now (which was drawn from Conrad's Heart of Darkness).

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