The Secret Sharer | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Jocelyn Baines

This literature criticism consists of approximately 7 pages of analysis & critique of The Secret Sharer.
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Critical Essay by Jocelyn Baines

SOURCE: "Achievement without Success, III," in Joseph Conrad: A Critical Biography, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1960, pp. 346-78.

Baines was an English editor and critic. In the following excerpt from his Joseph Conrad: A Critical Biography, which has been acclaimed as the definitive study of Conrad, he argues that the text of "The Secret Sharer" does not support the often-proposed interpretation of Leggatt as a symbol for the narrator's unconscious desires.

Conrad wrote 'The Secret Sharer' some time during the end of November and early December [1909]—exceptionally quick for him. It is undoubtedly one of his best short stories, but certain critics, notably Albert Guerard [in Conrad the Novelist, 1958] and Douglas Hewitt [in Conrad: A Reassessment, 1952], have claimed for it a position as a key story in Conrad's work and attributed to it...

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