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The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale (Wordsworth Classics) Paperback – 5 Aug 1993

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd.; Paperback edition (5 Aug. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853260657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853260650
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An outstanding edition. First-time readers will welcome the eloquent introductory essay, which places The Secret Agent in the context of both Victorianism and modernism, as well as the very useful supplementary materials on anarchism and degeneration. And those already familiar with the novel will be prompted to re-read it in light of Agathocleous's claim that Conrad, along with his New Woman contemporaries, is exploring marriage and the condition of women as well. --Amanda Claybaugh, Columbia University

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At first, Joseph Conrad did not dare to call this book a novel. He traveled to Montpellier in February 1906 with his small family, telling himself that he was composing a short story, entitled 'Verloc', the name of the central character. As always, he wrote slowly, in a stubborn mood of exasperation an uncertainty, laboring in a foreign language.

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