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Notes on Life and Letters

Gelesen von Peter Dann

Conrad described the twenty-six essays collected here as a "one-man show" comprising "Conrad literary, Conrad political, Conrad reminiscent, Conrad controversial", but never Conrad "with his boots off". He is particularly passionate when writing on Russian autocracy, on Poland's under-appreciated past and its hopes for the future, and on the self-serving blather of promoters loudly proclaiming that the sinking of the Titanic held no lessons for anyone but that the vessel should have had fewer lifeboats, and that her captain should have aimed to strike any iceberg head on. There are quieter, more tender recollections here too, including Conrad's appreciation of Stephen Crane, whom Conrad knew personally and liked very much, and a moving account of his return to Poland after a long absence at the very moment the Great War was breaking out. (Summary by Peter Dann) (8 hr 13 min)

Chapters

Author's Note

7:22

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Books — 1905

14:30

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Henry James — An Appreciation — 1905

17:14

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Alphonse Daudet — 1905

9:49

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Guy de Maupassant — 1904

14:02

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Anatole France — 1904

25:06

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Turgenev — 1917

6:57

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Stephen Crane — A Note Without Dates — 1919

6:26

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Tales of the Sea — 1898

8:38

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An Observer In Malaya — 1898

5:45

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A Happy Wanderer — 1910

8:15

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The Life Beyond — 1910

8:50

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The Ascending Effort — 1910

8:44

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The Censor of Plays — An Appreciation — 1907

9:57

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Autocracy and War — 1905

1:02:51

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The Crime of Partition — 1919

36:23

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A Note on the Polish Problem — 1916

12:49

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Poland Revisited — 1915

1:03:38

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First News — 1918

9:34

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Well Done — 1918

29:08

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Tradition — 1918

13:59

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Confidence — 1919

13:01

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Flight — 1917

6:51

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Some Reflections on the Loss of the Titanic — 1912

30:33

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Certain Aspects of the Admirable Inquiry into the Loss of the Titanic — 1912

37:18

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Protection of Ocean Liners — 1914

20:09

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A Friendly Place — 1914

5:49

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