When I was young and discovered an author I truly enjoyed, I would read all, or nearly all of the author’s works and then read a biography of the author. At that time I would read one or a few books at a time. Now I read many simultaneously. I have just finished reading Joseph Conrad‘s autobiographical account of his career, The Mirror of the Sea. In that book, he went into great detail how his first book, Almayer’s Folly came about. If you are a fan of Conrad, I suggest that you read The Mirror of the Sea at the same time you are reading any of Conrad’s books. I recently re-read Heart of Darkness for the nth time and I have just started re-reading Almayer’s Folly for the third time.
- Joseph Conrad’s Purpose to Heart of Darkness (mirandaborrelli.wordpress.com)