"style at the turn of the century - Conrad, and Meredith, and Henry James, of course"
Joseph Conrad in 1904
Public DomainJoseph Conrad in 1904 - Credit: George Charles Beresford
George Meredith aged 35
Public DomainGeorge Meredith aged 35 - Credit: unknown

 Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) was a novelist, short story writer, and essayist. He was born in what is now the Ukraine, and lived in Poland and France, before eventually settling in England. Conrad's first language was Polish, and he became fluent in French during his childhood. However, all his important literary works were written in English, a language he learnt as an adult.

Amongst his best known novels are Heart of Darkness (1899), Lord Jim (1900), Nostromo (1904), and The Secret Agent (1907).

Heart of Darkness on Book Drum; The Secret Agent on Book Drum.


 George Meredith (1828-1909) was an English novelist and poet. His best-remembered novels include The Ordeal of Richard Feverel (1859), The Egoist (1879), and Diana of the Crossways (1885). Ralph Vaughan Williams' musical composition The Lark Ascending was inspired by Meredith's poem of the same name.

Listen here to The Lark Ascending on Spotify.