The Secret Agent

A Simple Tale
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The Secret Agent (1907) is a compelling tale of espionage and terrorism set in Edwardian London. This new edition is based on a painstaking comparison of the original manuscript of the work.
This new edition of Conrad's compelling tale of espionage and terrorism set in Edwardian London is based on a painstaking comparison of the original manuscript of the work with its first, truncated appearance, and with all subsequent book form publications overseen by Conrad himself. The result is this new text, purged of printers' errors and editorial interventions. Included are a critical introduction, an essay on the text itself, a textual apparatus, and helpul explanatory notes.

Authors: Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924
Statement of Responsibility: Joseph Conrad ; edited by Bruce Harkness and S.W. Reid ; assistant editor, Nancy Birk
Title: The secret agent
a simple tale
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990
Characteristics: xli, 427 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Additional Contributors: Reid, S. W.
Harkness, Bruce
LCCN: 89007098
ISBN: 0521341353
Research Call Number: JFD 02-16905
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Mar 26, 2012
  • Blue_Ox_22 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

". . . ALL idealisation makes life poorer. To beautify it is to take away its character of complexity—it is to destroy it. Leave that to the moralists, my boy. History is made by men, but they do not make it in their heads. The ideas that are born in their consciousness play an insignificant part in the march of events. History is dominated and determined by the tool and the production—by the force of economic conditions.* Capitalism has made socialism, and the laws made by the capitalism for the protection of property are responsible for anarchism. No one can tell what form the social organisation may take in the future. Then why indulge in prophetic phantasies? At best they can only interpret the mind of the prophet, and can have I no objective value. Leave that pastime to the moralists, my boy.”

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