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THE RESCUE

BOOKS BY

JOSEPH CONRAD

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Almayer's Folly
An Outcast of the Islands
The Nigger of the "Narcissus"

Tales of Unrest
Lord Jim: A Romance
Youth: A Narrative

Typhoon
Nostromo: A Tale of the

Seaboard
The Mirror of the Sea
The Secret Agent

A Set of Six
Under Western Eyes
A Personal Record
"Twixt Land and Sea

Chance
Within the Tides

Victory
The Shadow-Line
The Arrow of Gold

The Rescue
Notes on Life and Letters

The Rover
Tales of Hearsay

Suspense

WITH FORD Madox FORD

(HUEFFER) Romance: A Novel The Inheritors: An Extrava

gant Story

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AUTHOR'S NOTE

OF THE three long novels of mine which suffered an interruption, “The Rescue” was the one that had to wait the longest for the good pleasure of the Fates. I am betraying no secret when I state here that it had to wait precisely for twenty years. I laid it aside at the end of the summer of 1898 and it was about the end of the summer of 1918 that I took it up again with the firm determination to see the end of it and helped by the sudden feeling that I might be equal to the task.

This does not mean that I turned to it with elation. I was well aware and perhaps even too much aware of the dangers of such an adventure. The amazingly sympathetic kindness which men of various temperaments, diverse views and different literary tastes have been for years displaying towards my work has done much for me, has done all-except giving me that overweening self-confidence which may assist an adventurer sometimes but in the long run ends by leading him to the gallows.

As the characteristic I want most to impress upon these short Author's Notes prepared for my first Collected Edition is that of absolute frankness, I hasten to declare that I founded my hopes not on my supposed merits but on the continued goodwill of my readers. I may say at once that my hopes have been justified out of all proportion to my deserts. I met with the most considerate, most delicately expressed criticism free

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