He Was Not a Literary Man

On Dec. 6, 1857, Josef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski was born in the Ukraine, the son of Polish parents. In his boyhood, he pointed out the Congo on the map and decided that it was the place he wanted to visit.

His father published a review, which was suppressed; his parents were for a time in exile. Meanwhile, under an uncle's care, he was put to school in Cracow.

At 17, at his earnest desire, his father secured him a berth on a French collier, sailing...

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