TYPHOON * FALK * AMY FOSTER *THE SECRET SHARER The four tales in
this volume share autobiographical origins in Conrad's experience
at sea and his exile from Poland, the country of his birth.
'Typhoon' is the story of a steamship and her crew beset by
tempest, and of the stolid captain whose dogged courage is tested
to the limit. In 'Falk' a taciturn young woman is bizarrely courted
by a tug-boat master who is haunted by a terrible secret. 'Amy
Foster' tells of an emigrant Pole struggling to overcome isolation
and prejudice in England. The final tale, 'The Secret Sharer', is
Conrad's most famous short story, a masterpiece of suspense and
ambiguity. Giving sanctuary to a fugitive sailor, a young
sea-captain risks his ship and his command in order to save him.
This revised edition uses the English first edition texts and has a
new chronology and bibliography.