A Conflict of Values: Alienation and Commitment in the Novels of Joseph Conrad and William Faulkner.(Review)

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From: The Mississippi Quarterly
Date: 19980622

A Conflict of Values: Alienation and Commitment in, the Novels of Joseph Conrad and William Faulkner, by Grazyna Branny (Krakow: Wydawnictwo SPONSOR, 1997),198pp.

Readers of both Conrad and Faulkner have sometimes found it hard to understand how writers of such bleakly pessimistic fictions could also espouse the positive values expressed in Conrad's prefaces or in Faulkner's speeches and class conferences. This ambitious volume owes its subtitle and its origin to an essay on Conrad first published in 1964 (and in Polish translation ten years later) in which Ian Watt addressed ...

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