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Newly revised and enlarged, the second one version of A Conrad Chronology attracts upon a wealthy diversity of released and unpublished fabrics. It bargains an in depth real checklist of Joseph Conrad's unfolding existence as seaman and author in addition to tracing the compositional and e-book background of his significant works.

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V. Lucas at the Restaurant d'Italie. 30 (or 6 Feb) 10 chapters of OI now completed. February 22 (Fri) Returns from visiting the Hopes in Stanford, where he has been 'in poor shape'; illness has prevented him from making a trip to Newfoundland (to MP, 23 Feb). 23 Contemplates sending a copy of AF to Daudet. While working on 01, reads serial version of MP's Maryllal (1896). March 7 (Thurs) A meeting with EG cheers him up. 8 Leaves for a stay with MP in Brussels, where he pursues his efforts to get AF presented to a French audience.

4 Learns that AF has been accepted by Unwin. 8 Meets Unwin at his office and agrees to accept £20 plus French rights. H. Chesson, is also present. On the same occasion (or soon after at the National Liberal Oub) JC meets EG, senior reader at Unwin's, who will become his early mentor and lifelong friend. 'I had never seen before a man so masculinely keen yet so femininely sensitive', recalls EG (Letters from Conrad, p. vii); less happily, his retrospective goes on to promulgate the myth, partly fostered later by JC, that OI owed its entire existence to EG' s pressure at this first meeting to 'write another' (p.

28 June) With Prosper Harou (an agent) and a caravan of over thirty carriers, he leaves Matadi by overland route for Kinshasa on Stanley Pool, a gruelling march of 230 miles. (4 July) 'Horrid smell' of death encountered in the jungle ('Congo Diary'). (8 July) Arrives in Manyanga and spends a 'comfortable and pleasant halt' until the 25th, when the trek resumes. (1 Aug) 'Glad to see the end of this stupid tramp', comments JC, under stress and growingly disillusioned. (2 Aug) Arrives at Kinshasa, the Central Station in 'Heart of Darkness', to find that the Florida, his anticipated command, has been wrecked on 18 July.

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