Review by Choice Review
Scholars and others deeply interested in the works of Joseph Conrad will be grateful for the recent edition of The Secret Agent, which is part of the Cambridge edition of Conrad's works. An authoritative text is supplemented by information about the range of alterations made by the author, from the serial publication in Ridgeway's to the eventual publication as a book in 1907. The changes, which include consistent decisions to increase the ironic distance and detachment of the narrative, are full of interest to those both knowledgeable and serious about Joseph Conrad's style and development. Many of the textual notes, however, are much more technical and of narrower interest. In general, this edition will be welcome to scholars and a useful resource to readers already deeply interested in Conrad. -R. Nadelhaft, University of Maine at Orono
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Review by Library Journal Review
In 1894, the year Polish-born Conrad settled in England, a failed attempt to blow up the Greenwich Observatory left an alleged anarchist blown up instead. With such spare facts for inspiration, Conrad crafted this London-based story of political intrigue, police duplicity, familial discord, and ubiquitous corruption. Composed of long, intense encounters between two or three characters, this relentlessly dark tale is fueled by vitriolic contempt for its participants. Viewed by some critics as Conrad's best, it contains some of his most voluble prose and has been adapted by Alfred Hitchcock (Sabotage), by British television, and into a forthcoming film with Gerard Depardieu in the title role. This program, narrated with sharp insight and full dramatic power by British actor David Threlfall, is superior to previous audio renditions and is the best way to enjoy the full measure of Conrad's achievement. Highly recommended.Peter Josyph, New York(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.