The Inheritors

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The Inheritors

An Extravagant Story

Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies, 8


March 1st, 1998

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This novel, one of two collaborations between Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford, is one of the earliest to be concerned with modern, mechanical culture, and as such foreshadowed other writers such as George Orwell and Aldous Huxley. Symbolising the collapse of old treasured political values at the turn of the century and underlining the urgency of renovation, the novel involves the unrequited love for a young women of Arthur Granger, an aristocratic and unsuccessful novelist. Granger betrays the ideals on which he prides himself for this woman, a nameless, ethereal and goddess-like agent from a strange world. The collaboration between Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford influenced their own independent work and, in the words of Ezra Pound, ‘What Flaubert had done to change French prose, Conrad and Ford did to transform English prose.’

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
The Inheritors29
Chapter One33
Chapter Two42
Chapter Three48
Chapter Four55
Chapter Five63
Chapter Six69
Chapter Seven79
Chapter Eight84
Chapter Nine92
Chapter Ten98
Chapter Eleven108
Chapter Twelve116
Chapter Thirteen123
Chapter Fourteen132
Chapter Fifteen142
Chapter Sixteen153
Chapter Seventeen160
Chapter Eighteen169
Chapter Nineteen179
A. The Ford-Conrad Collaboration183
B. Reviews of The Inheritors184
C. A Review of The Inheritors with Conrad’s reply189