Katherine isobel baxter is reader in english literature at northumbria university she is the author of joseph conrad and the swan song of romance 2010 and the co editor of the edinburgh companion to the first world war and the arts edinburgh university press 2017 conrad and language edinburgh university press 2016 and joseph conrad and the performing arts 2009. Conrad was born in berdychiv in 1857 berdychiv a city and district now in ukraine at that time had a population consisting of ukrainian peasantry and polish landowners and a large jewish community all legally subjects of the tsar of all the russias. Conrad and language edited by katherine isobel baxter and robert hampson published by edinburgh university press the first academic and critical study wholly devoted to the topic of conrad and language and the first to address that topic from a diversity of critical approaches. Hampsons conrad and nautical language flying moors and crimson barometers takes up the observation from the introduction that conrad looked back nostalgically on his life as a sailor in part because a sailors language is concrete an existential hedge against chaos and the void
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