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Joseph Conrad Biography Joseph Conrad was an English novelist Jeffery Meyers a talented biographic writer who wrote Edgar Allen Poe Scott Fitzgerald Gary Cooper and Hemingway Life into Art also wrote about Joseph Conrad in his book Joseph Conrad A Biography It is a very informative book about the life and works of Conrad In his book he wrote about Conrads childhood including his life with his family his journeys his books the ending of his life and how he impacted other writers in their work Joseph Conrad was born in 1857 in a city in the Ukraine called Berdichev This area used to be a part of Poland but at that time it was under Russians rule Even though it was under Russian government Conrad is still considered Polish His fathers name was Apollo Korzeniowski In fact Conrads original name was Josef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski When Joseph was just a young chap he would read Polish and French translations of English novels Then one day his father got into a political difficulty and was sent into exile with his family to northern Russia That was in 1861 when Conrad was only about four years old When Joseph was only about thirteen years old in 1869 both of his parents had died of tuberculosis Because of the death of his parents he was sent to live with his maternal uncle Tadeusz Bobrowski Conrad went to school in Krakow and persuaded his uncle to let him go to sea Eventually Tadeusz let him As it says on page 29 of Jeffery Meyers biography on Joseph Conrad His motives for going to sea were both practical and romantic meaning Joseph had good solid reasons as well as yearning to become a sailor Conrad decided to join a French merchant marine and followed him as his apprentice in the mid-1870s With the merchant they made three voyages into the West Indies between 1875 and 1878 The West Indies
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