Joseph Conrad was a Polish-British writer regarded as one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language. Though he did not speak English fluently until his twenties, he was a master prose stylist who brought a non-English sensibility into English literature. Conrad wrote stories and novels, many with a nautical setting, that depict trials of the human spirit in the midst of what he saw as an impassive, inscrutable universe.
As a master prose stylist of nineteenth and twentieth-century modernism, Conrad’s works shaped and inspired English narrative fiction. Moreover, his novels’ anti-heroic characters inspired many other authors.