The Mirror of the Sea

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The Mirror of the Sea, A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad is a memoir of his life at sea and the periods preceding that time and following it. The following quote from the book is Conrad describing the writing experience.

“Only in men’s imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as life. An imaginative and exact rendering of authentic memories may serve worthily that spirit of piety towards all things human which sanctions the conceptions of a writer of tales, and the emotions of the man reviewing his own experience.”

 

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