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SOLD OUT: The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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The Dawn Watch Joseph Conrad in a Global World

Maya Jasanoff

Immigration, terrorism, the dangers of nationalism, the promise and peril of technological innovation: these forces shaped the life and work of Joseph Conrad at the dawn of the twentieth century. Joseph Conrad described the beginnings of globalization as we recognize it today. As an immigrant from Poland to England, and in travels from Malaysia to Congo to the Caribbean, Conrad traced an interconnected world and described it in a literary oeuvre of prophetic power. His life and work offer a history of globalization from the inside out, and powerfully reflect the aspirations and the challenges of the modern world.

Through an expert blend of history, biography, literary criticism, and travelogue, Maya Jasanoff will discuss the strands of Conrad’s experiences and the stories of his four greatest works—The Secret Agent, Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness, and Nostromo. The Dawn Watch casts new light on Conrad’s era, and offers fresh insight into our own.

Maya Jasanoff was educated at Harvard, Cambridge, and Yale, and is currently a professor of history at Harvard University. Her first book, Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, anCredit: Martin Puchnerd Conquest in the East, 1750–1850, was awarded the 2005 Duff Cooper Prize and was a book of the year selection in numerous publications including The Economist, The Guardian, and The Sunday Times (London). She has been a fellow of the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and the American Council of Learned Societies and has contributed essays to the London Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine ,and The New York Review of Books.

Make an appointment in the Vershbow Rare Books Reading Room to view an exquisite, rare edition of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. This handbound tome with etchings is one of only 300 published. Whether you are a fan of Conrad or of rare books, this edition is bound to impress.

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