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Heart of Darkness (1899): Library Resources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness

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Read or Search Conrad's Heart of Darkness Online

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Print copies are also available in Truxal Library.

Reference Materials

Search the Library Catalog for the following reference titles that contain material about Heart of Darkness. These titles may be available in other college or public libraries.

  • Critical Survey of Long Fiction [vol 2]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Characters [vol 2]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Places [vol 2]
  • Cyclopedia of World Authors [vol 1]
  • Edwardian and Georgian Fiction
  • A Joseph Conrad Companion
  • Literature and Its Times [vol 2]
  • Masterplots [vol 5]
  • Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism (NCLC) - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
    • [vol 56] - locate the topical essay "Colonialism in Victorian Literature"
    • [vol 148] - locate the topical essay "Representations of Africa in Nineteenth-Century Literature"
  • Novels for Students [vol 2]
  • The Oxford Reader's Companion to Conrad
  • Short Stories for Students [vol 12]
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism (TCLC) - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
    • [vols 1, 6, 13, 25, 43, 57] - check under Heart of Darkness in the Cumulative Title Index, a separate paperback index that accompanies this multi-volume work
    • [vol 138] - locate the topical essay "Racism in Literature"
    • [vol 202] - locate the topical essay "Adventure Literature"

Books & Audio/Visual Materials

Conduct a "Subject Browse" search using the Library Catalog for:

  • Conrad, Joseph

You'll find library materials that provide biographical information about Joseph Conrad, as well criticism and interpretation of his work.

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