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The volume includes nineteen shorter pieces, mainly written by Conrad for various newspapers and magazines after the publication of Notes on Life and Letters in 1921. Together with the 1978 volume The Congo Diary and Other Uncollected Pieces, edited by Zdzislaw Najder, they contain all of Conrad's miscellaneous writing.
The essays in Last Essays are mainly about sea travel or literature. Apart from the first essay, "Geography and Some Explorers", they are not of any great consequence, but contain many passages of interest to the enthusiast. The volume also contains "Legends", the unfinished essay Conrad was working on when he died, and "The Congo Diary", Conrad's first known writing, since often reprinted, and of great interest to the student of Heart of Darkness.
List of contents
- Geography and Some Explorers
- The "Torrens": A Personal Tribute
- Christmas Day at Sea
- Ocean Travel
- Outside Literature
- The Unlighted Coast
- The Dover Patrol
- Memorandum on the Scheme for Fitting-Out a Sailing Ship
- The Loss of the "Dalgonar"
- Stephen Crane
- His War Book: A Preface to Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage
- John Galsworthy
- A Glance at Two Books (The Island Pharisees by John Galsworthy and Green Mansions by W. H. Hudson)
- Preface to "The Shorter Tales of Joseph Conrad"
- Cookery: Preface to Jessie Conrad's A Handbook of Cookery for a Small House
- The Future of Constantinople
- The Congo Diary