Books: Exertions in the Deep

THE PORTABLE CONRAD (760 pp.)—Selected & edited by Morton Dauwen Zabel—Viking ($2).

The range of Joseph Conrad's material, as of his splendid glooms and lucidities in storytelling, could scarcely be better shown than in this collection of eleven long and short tales. They include, besides the familiar sea stories, tales of Poland, England and Asia. Among them are the classic Youth, Amy Foster, Typhoon, The Nigger of the Narcissus, Heart of Darkness. The editor, one of the best of U.S. literary critics, has shown good judgment in not chopping Conrad's longer masterpieces into incomprehensible fragments just to get them inside an anthology....

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