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By Joseph Conrad

Written in 1915, The Shadow-Line is predicated upon occasions and reviews from twenty-seven years previous to which Conrad back obsessively in his fiction. a tender sea captain's first command brings with it a succession of crises: his sea is becalmed, the workforce laid low by means of fever, and his deranged first mate is confident that the send is haunted by means of the malignant spirit of a prior captain.

this is often certainly a piece jam-packed with "sudden passions," during which Conrad is ready to express how the entire depth of lifestyles may be skilled by way of the fellow who, within the phrases of the older Captain Giles, is ready to "stand as much as his undesirable good fortune, to his errors, to his conscience." A sophisticated and penetrating research of the character of manhood, The Shadow-Line investigates sorts of masculinity and hope in a subtext that counters the tale's possible traditional floor.

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The Shadow-Line

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Books are, with coinage, the first article of mass production, historically. Without the minting press and the printing press – and the currencies of wealth and of ideas they put into circulation – the modern world would not have happened. One has no way of knowing, but Master Caxton’s works of fiction, Malory’s Morte d’Arthur, and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales were probably the top sellers in our first bookseller’s very mixed list. 23 Sales mania Bestsellers The ability of the printing press to manufacture books in instantaneous over-supply answered, and inflamed, a reciprocal appetite in the consumer – what one might call ‘cultural impatience’.

A parallel success in Britain was enjoyed by the ‘Kailyard’ (cabbage patch – Scottish cabbage, that is) school – notably Ian Maclaren’s and J. M. e. ‘loose threads’). 48 The arrival of the lists, 1895–1910 Logically enough, it was in America that the first bestseller lists originated. The Adventures of Captain Horn, by Frank R. Stockton, claims the title of the first #1 listed bestseller in literary history. A rollicking ‘gold fever’ yarn, it coincided, excitingly, with contemporary gold-rushes to Alaska (a future bestselling author, Jack London, was actually hacking into the snowy wastes at the time; he would eventually strike it richer with bestselling fiction).

His life, ‘in my growing-up years … After reading it and thinking about it for a few days, I went to my mother and told her I wanted to be baptized’. Thus was the foe of the Evil Empire set on his path of righteousness. Bestsellers The 20th century opened with what was plausibly claimed to be the (then) fastest-selling novel of all time, Irving Bacheller’s Eben Holden (1900). It was, appropriately enough for the period, as millions poured through Ellis Island, a romance of immigration. Bacheller’s novel was propelled by dynamic advertising, as the 20th century’s accelerated tempo was reflected in a market ravenous for fast, aggressively ‘pushed’ fiction.

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