Rooted in the seafaring tradition of storytelling, The Collected Tales showcases Conrad's ability to make the reader familiar with unfamiliar surroundings. Set in exotic and dangerous locations, these nine tales shed light on the motives and desires that drive us all. This volume includes "Heart of Darkness" (the basis of the film Apocalypse Now), "The Typhoon," "A Smile of Fortune," and others. Edited and with an introduction by Samuel Hynes, and featuring a chronology of Conrad's life, as well as the author's own notes on the text, this is the most definitive collection available in paperback. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.