Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Death: 3rd August 1924
Location: Canterbury Cemetery, Kent, England
Cause of death: Heart Attack
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Polish novelist, who is regard by many critics as one of the greatest novelists in the English language, despite his not having learned to speak English fluently until he was in his twenties.  He became a naturalized British subject in 1886. 
He wrote stories and novels, predominantly with a nautical setting, that depicted the heroism of faith before the imperatives of duty, social responsibility and honor. Conrad is recognized as a master prose stylist. Some of his works have a strain of romanticism, but more importantly he is recognized as an important forerunner of modernist literature. 
Conrad's novels and stories have also inspired such films as Sabotage (1936, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, adapted from Conrad's The Secret Agent) and Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979, adapted from Conrad's Heart of Darkness).