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Page Twelve

THE MICHIGAN DAILY MAGAZINE

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PgTevTE MC G N AL M CZ F- -y, anuary I , 958
JOSEPH CONRAD
Inventory 'Discovery in Design' Explores the Great Novels
SA LEJOSEPH CONRAD: DISCOY- mained illegal in the United
ERY IN DESIGN. By Robert States until 1933. F.-Scott Fitz-
erald had published This Side of
A EF. Haugh. Oklahoma City, Paradise in 1920; Ernest Hemine-
1957: University of Okla- way had published Three Stories
homa Press. 172 pp. $3.75. & Ten Poems and In Our Time, in
Paris, in 1923 and 124. T. S.
By R. C. GREGORY Eliot's The Waste Land had ap -
IfICea t % IV'CCt'r OSEPH CONRAD was born as peared in 1922; The Hollow Men
l a d with its famous Conrad epigraph
Corduroy $ "lng ago as3 4. C07 e i re "Mistah Kurtz-he dead," from
Work Pants c - -Gently as 1924. Conrad was among'Heart of Darkness, was published
Iv Stle .. , , reme artist, with few peers among in 1925.
vy Style.........$5.95 novelists of this or any other
century. He was not "a writer of The epithet exotic simply will
Polished Cotton $ 95 o apply to Conrad wt n
Iv League Pants $e adventure stories with a differ- not with any
yence, but still a writer of adven- meaning: how is Nostromo -its
Sanforized ture stories, a later Stevenson," eastern seaboard setting notwith-
a piece of nonsense which ap- standing-more exotic than Ulys-
ppe4- k $495 peared in the London Times Liter- ses, or Heart of Darkness mo
Dress Galoshes ary Supplement editorial observ- exotic than The Hollow Men?.
Corduroy $ 99 ing the centennial of Conrad's What sensible standard makes A
S Shi birth. Nor is it true that Conrad Passage to India at one level, a
SportShirts. . .. is'the great exotic of English fic- study in good-and-evil. but Vic-
All-Wool tion" tory only an adventure story? The
Pullover Sweaters $ 50 1924: Virginia Woolf had pub- answer quite clearly is txot Coii
Crew, V-neck . . lished Jacob's Room two years unique. And for all its cuoticas
earlier, and Mrs. Dalloway was to breadth and generosity theie can
ROB ES-Seersucker $2.99 appear in 1925. Henry James, Con- be something insulr about the
Flannelette ROBES $3.88 rad's friend and master, had died Earsaltutytie
in 1916. E. M. Forster's A PassageE t
Broadcloth $269 to India came out in 1924; Andre
Pajamas 2.. Gide's autobiographical If it die... UJNABLE to forget "His Polish
Sanforized (2 for $500) was published that year, followed origins, his career as a sailor in
by The Counterfeiters in 1925. the British Merchant Navy, the
Dress, Sport Shirts, Marcel Proust died in 1922 lea- characteri tic settings of his stor
Cottons, Rayons $199 ing the manuscript of almost half ie1-Far Eatern Islands and the
Flannels ... .. of Remembrance of Things Past seas between them, South Ameri-
-The Captive (1924), The Sweet ca, and the oceans of the world..."
Assorted $ 88 Cheat Gone and The Past Recap- the English mind, with obvious
Dress Pants . . .. tured (both 1926) - unpublished. exceptions, cannot understand -
Values to $7.95 that genius may sometimes take the English language. This is enough to anyone who has read
D. H. LAWRENCE was mid-car- the place of a university educa- quite different frdm calling Con- him, is as centrally human as any
Terrycboth $ 99 eer in many ways; his England, tion, a literary tradition and the rad an English novelist. Unique aspect of the novel as a literary
House Slippers . . * My Rngland was published the leisure of a few hundreds a year, he may be, bgt not exotic. If he form.
Scuff Style . $1 00 year Conrad died, James Joyce' that Conrad's use of the language were an exotic, so also were Mel- Professor Haugh has read Con-
Work in Progress had terminated is agnificent in direct pmpoi ville and Whitman and Twain. rad very carefully; his-intention
JACKETS AT in Ulysses in Paris 122 and re- tion to the degree that he made of And, in this century, what of is to explore design In Coirad,
it what he could, given his cos- Faulkner? Is Yoknapatawpha and through that exploration to
mopolitan education and rich ex- County as a scene for novels less make discovery of his meanings."
perience. What other novelist in exotic than Malaya? Surely no one Prof. Haugh begins his considera-
BIG SAthe language was more broadly or would call Faulkner an English tion with The Nigger of Narcissus
MANY OTHER ' deeply schooled in the ways of novelist. Conrad is always Con- of 1897 and ends with The hadow
BARGAINS the world? Or who more capable rad: that is, indeed, enough. Line of 1917; between fall Youth,
of having and storing experience Typhoon, Heart of Darkness, Lord
COMPLETE from which to weave the fabric of "HIS WORK, as he once ex- Jim, The Secret Sharer, Under
a vision of man-in-the-world? And plained, is not to edify, to Western Eyes, and Nostrono-a
-' S toreLAUNDRY surely no other novelist, except console, to improve, or to encour- great body of work by any defini-
am s SERViCE James, ever revealed more of his age, but simply to get upon paper tion.
artistic intentions than Conrad in some shadow of his own eager
122 E. Washington his stunning prefaces. sense of the wonder and prodigali- THE METHOD employed by Pro-
Sam Benjamin, '27tLit.,Conrad's language, experience, ty of life as men live it in the fessor Haugh is one of critical
vision, in short, all of him, is world, and of its unfathomable summary with comment and ex-
Owner . ' simply Conradian-not English, romance and mystery." The sue- position as required, the com-
or Polish, or French or maritime, cint brilliance of Mencken writ- ment and exposition linking the
Conrad as a novelist was simply ing about books he loved is not twelve works together through-
greater than the visible parts of easily set aside. out the book. If the method is a
him would seem to make possible Bertrand Russell wrote of Con- bit pedagogical, it nonetheless has
..... ................ ___and he chose to write his books in rad, i' an elegy of moving beauty, the great and usable merit of lay-
~~ --- ._-------~ - --~-- -- "What interested him was the ing open before the reader what
~-- ~- ~~- individual human soul faced with is an exceedingly rich and com-
the indifference of nature, and plex group of novels. Generally
DRESS RIGHT often with the hostility of man, speaking, no one would quarrel
+a and subject to inner struggles with Professor Haugh's critical re-
you can't afford not tot with passions both good and bad, marks, although why "more than
that led toward destruction." This affection even is called upon to
sN~c I4&.concern of Conrad's, apparent See JOSEPH, page 14
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