We were inspired to look more closely at some of the key figures that appear in our Little History books by an interaction with a reader on the Little History facebook page. We really liked the idea of finding out what the series has to say about all sorts of ‘remarkable people’, both heroes and villains, and we’re putting together this resource for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for help with your homework (!), or trying to fill a gap in your knowledge, Little History books and their cast of characters have plenty to offer.
Polish novelist, short-story writer, and author of 'Heart of Darkness'
1857 – 1924
A Polish author who wrote novels and short stories in English, Joseph Conrad is often cited as one of the greatest novelists in English literature. Despite not speaking the language fluently until his twenties, Conrad steadily honed his craft to become a brilliant prose stylist. His experiences in the navy formed the basis for many of his novels, perhaps most prominently Heart of Darkness (1902), a novella about the cruel realities of colonisation. Conrad’s other works include Lord Jim (1900), Nostromo (1904), and The Secret Agent (1907).
In A Little History of Literature, Sutherland introduces great classics in his own irresistible way, enlivening his offerings with humour as well as learning: Beowulf, Shakespeare, Don Quixote, the Romantics, Dickens, Moby Dick, The Waste Land, Woolf, …