Conrad and the Royal Bounty Fund
I first met Joseph Conrad at the Savile Club — then housed in Piccadilly. There on Saturday afternoons a small symposium of half a dozen writers and artists was often held after lunch in the second drawing-room and lasted perhaps for one, two, or even three hours. It was on one of these occasions that someone introduced me to Conrad. I had for some time read both long and short stories by him and I looked at him with fascinated interest — he had repelled me by The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’ but not so much as he had attracted me by Lord Jim. In this last work I saw a modern writer instinctively reproducing patterns of the Greek world — not one but two at once, for the book begins with the sombre religious feeling of an Orestean tragedy, and then sails away into an Odyssey of the Far East.
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