Joseph Conrad pp 115-120 | Cite as

Conrad and the Royal Bounty Fund

  • Henry John Newbolt
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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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  1. Sir Henry John Newbolt (1862–1938), barrister and poet, best known for rousing nautical and patriotic ballads such as ‘Drake’s Drum’ in Admirals All and Other Verses (1897).Google Scholar
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    Sir Edmund William Gosse (1849–1928), author of Father and Son (1907). In 1904 he was Librarian of the House of Lords and Secretary of the Royal Literary Fund.Google Scholar

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