A Conrad Companion by Norman Page (auth.)

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A sculptor had previously made a bust of him which represented him as an open-necked, romantic, out-of-door type of person. In appearance Conrad was the very opposite. His clothes were immaculately conventional, and his collar enclosed his neck like an Iron Maiden's vice or garrotter's grip. He was worried if his hair and beard were not trim and neat as became a sea captain. There was nothing shaggy or Bohemian about him. His glance was keen despite the drooping of one eyelid. He was the sea captain, the officer, and in our talks he emphasised the word "responsibility".

When I wrote the first words of A/mayer's Folly I had been already for years and years thinking in English'. CONRAD,J essie, nee George ( 1873-1936). She was working as a typist in London and living in Peckham with her widowed mother when she met Conrad (according to her own account) 'at the end of 1893'. Elsewhere she gives a later date for their first meeting; in a letter of I 0 March 1896 Conrad says that he met her 'a year and a half ago'. ) who nevertheless is very dear to me'. He proposed to her in February 1896- her joseph Conrad as I Knew Him ( 1926) includes an amusing description of his proposal, which she describes as 'surely one of the strangest ever made' - and they were married on 24 March 1896 at a London registry office.

Born in Argentina of American parents, he settled in England in 1869. The merits ofhis work were recognized by Edward Garnett (see above), who helped to establish him as a writer. He and Conrad met occasionally but their friendship does not seem to have been a close one. HUEFFER: see Ford. JAMES, Henry (1843-1916), novelist. In October 1896Conrad sent James a flatteringly inscribed copy of An Outcast of the Islands, and James responded with a copy of The Spoils of Poynton and an invitation to lunch; they met for the first time at James's London home on 25 February 1897.

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