RUSI JournalVolume 163Issue 5members only

Conrad’s Anxious Armistice

Joseph Conrad’s reaction to the Armistice in 1918 was tinged with anxiety about the future.

Many writers fought and several died in the British armed forces in the First World War. But those writers who were too old to enlist were also affected, especially those with children of fighting age. The novelist Joseph Conrad, born in Russian-occupied Poland in 1857 but a naturalised British citizen from 1886, spent three anxious years while his son Borys fought on the Western Front in the Army Service Corps. But Borys was not Conrad’s only source of anxiety when the wa

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