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Extract (Preface to "The Nigger of the 'Narcissus'")

The Art of Fiction

in The New York Times (New York, NY, USA)

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p.13. Short paragraph reads: "Speaking recently of his 'literary creed,' Joseph Conrad, author of 'Lord Jim,' 'Youth,' 'Typhoon,' &c., said: 'My task which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word to make you hear, to make you feel--it is, before all, to make you see. That--and no more, and it is everything. If I succeed, you shall find there, according to your deserts, encouragement, consolation, fear, charm--all you demand; and, perhaps, also that glimpse of truth for which you have forgotten to ask.'"