Joseph Conrad Among the Anarchists

Nineteenth Century Terrorism and The Secret Agent

  • David Mulry

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. David Mulry
    Pages 1-13
  3. David Mulry
    Pages 15-37
  4. David Mulry
    Pages 73-101
  5. David Mulry
    Pages 103-118
  6. David Mulry
    Pages 119-131
  7. David Mulry
    Pages 133-161
  8. David Mulry
    Pages 163-184
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 185-194

About this book


This book looks at the inception, composition, and 1907 publication of The Secret Agent, one of Joseph Conrad’s most highly regarded political novels and a core text of literary modernism.  David Mulry examines the development and revisions of the novel through the stages of the holograph manuscript, first as a short story, then as a serialized sensation fiction in Ridgway’s Militant Weekly for the American market, before it was extensively revised and published in novel form. Presciently anticipating the climate of modern terror, Conrad’s text responds to the failed Greenwich Bombing, the first anarchist atrocity to occur on English soil. This book charts its historical and cultural milieu via press and anarchist accounts of the bombing, to place Conrad foremost among the dynamite fiction of revolutionary anarchism and terrorism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  


Joseph Conrad Anarchism Political fiction Literary modernism Anarchist literature

Authors and affiliations

  • David Mulry
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Coastal Georgia BrunswickUSA

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