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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $16.50
  • December 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92636-1
  • 5.2 × 8.4 in / 536 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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Heart of Darkness

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Joseph Conrad (Author), Paul B. Armstrong (Editor, Brown University)


The Fourth Edition is again based on Robert Kimbrough’s meticulously re-edited text.

Missing words have been restored and the entire novel has been repunctuated in accordance with Conrad’s style. The result is the first published version of Heart of Darkness that allows readers to hear Marlow’s voice as Conrad heard it when he wrote the story. "Backgrounds and Contexts" provides readers with a generous collection of maps and photographs that bring the Belgian Congo to life. Textual materials, topically arranged, address nineteenth-century views of imperialism and racism and include autobiographical writings by Conrad on his life in the Congo. New to the Fourth Edition is an excerpt from Adam Hochschild’s recent book, King Leopold’s Ghost, as well as writings on race by Hegel, Darwin, and Galton. "Criticism" includes a wealth of new materials, including nine contemporary reviews and assessments of Conrad and Heart of Darkness and twelve recent essays by Chinua Achebe, Peter Brooks, Daphne Erdinast-Vulcan, Edward Said, and Paul B. Armstrong, among others. Also new to this edition is a section of writings on the connections between Heart of Darkness and the film Apocalypse Now by Louis K. Greiff, Margot Norris, and Lynda J. Dryden. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.



    The Text of Heart of Darkness

    Textual Appendix

    Backgrounds and Contexts


    1. Encyclopedia Britannica – “Congo Free State” (Tenth Edition, 1902) – [European Reaction to Leopold’s Abuses] (Eleventh Edition, 1910)
    2. King Leopold II – [The Sacred Mission of Civilization]
    3. George Washington Williams – “An Open Letter to his Serene Majesty Leopold II”
    4. Sir Roger Casement – The Congo Report
    5. Edmund D. Morel – [Property and Trade versus Forced Production]
    6. Adam Hochschild – “Meeting Mr. Kurtz”
    7. Alan Simmons – [Conrad, Casement, and the Congo Atrocities]


    1. The Civilizing Mission
    2. Map of Congo Free State
    3. Young Conrad
    4. Conrad’s Steamer in the Congo
    5. “The King of the Belgians”
    6. Villagers Visting the Steamer
    7. Fleeing from the Steam-Whistle
    8. An Abandoned Station
    9. Governor-General’s Inspection
    10. Constructing the Railway
    11. “Prisoners”
    12. Punishment
    13. Hands
    14. An Ivory Caravan
    15. Spoils of Empire


    1. G.W.F. Hegel – [The African Character]
    2. Charles Darwin – On the Races of Man
    3. Alfred Russell Wallace – [Are Humans One Race or Many?]
    4. Sir Francis Galton – The Comparative Worth of Different Races
    5. Benjamin Kidd – [Social Progress and the Rivalry of Races]
    6. Peter Edgerly Firchow – Race, Ethnicity, Nationality, Empire


    1. Joseph Conrad – [Imagining Africa]
    2. Selected Letters en Route to the Congo
    3. The Congo Diary
    4. Up-River Book
    5. Selected Letters from Africa and After
    6. Geography and Some Explorers


    1. Joseph Conrad – Preface to The Nigger of the “Narcissus”
    2. Books
    3. Henry James: An Appreciation
    4. Preface to Youth
    5. Preface to A Personal Record
    6. Selected Letters



    1. Reviews of Heart of Darkness
    2. Edward Garnett – From Academy and Literature
    3. Unsigned Review – From the Manchester Guardian
    4. Unsigned Review – From the Times Literary Supplement
    5. Unsigned Review – From the Athenaeum
    6. John Masefield – From the Speaker
    7. Henry James – The New Novel
    8. E.M. Forster – Joseph Conrad: A Note
    9. Ford Madox Ford – A Personal Remembrance
    10. Virginia Woolf – Joseph Conrad


    1. Albert Guerard – The Journey Within
    2. Chinua Achebe – An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness
    3. Ian Watt – [Impressionism and Symbolism in Heart of Darkness]
    4. Hunt Hawkins – Heart of Darkness and Racism
    5. Peter Brooks – An Unreadable Report: Conrad’s Heart of Darkness
    6. Patrick Brantlinger – [Imperialism, Impressionism, and the Politics of Style]
    7. Marianna Torgovnick – [Primitivism and the African Woman in Heart of Darkness]
    8. Jeremy Hawthorn – The Women of Heart of Darkness
    9. Daphne Erdinast-Vulcan – The Failure of Metaphysics
    10. Edward Said – Two Visions of Heart of Darkness
    11. Paul B. Armstrong – [Reading, Race, and Representing Others]
    12. Anthony Fothergill – Cannibalising Traditions: Representation and Critique in Heart of Darkness
    13. Andrew Michael Roberts – [Masculinity, Modernity, and Homosexual Desire]
    14. J. Hillis Miller – Should We Read Heart of Darkness?
    15. Lissa Schneider – Iconography and the Feminine Ideal


    1. Louis K. Greiff – Conrad’s Ethics and the Margins of Apocalypse Now
    2. Margot Norris – Modernism and Vietnam
    3. Lynda J. Dryden – “To Boldly Go:” Heart of Darkness and Popular Culture

    Joseph Conrad: A Chronology

    Selected Bibliography