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Armstrong, R.M. (1971). Joseph Conrad—The Conflict of Command. Psychoanal. St. Child, 26:485-534.

(1971). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 26:485-534

Applied Psychoanalysis

Joseph Conrad—The Conflict of Command

Robert M. Armstrong, M.D.

Every mental state, even madness, has its equilibrium based upon self-esteem. Its disturbance causes unhappiness…
"To-morrow" (1902bp. 259)


ONE OF THE GREATEST IRONIES IN A LIFE FILLED WITH IRONIES IS that popularity and financial success came to Joseph Conrad only years after he had written his greatest work. The fiction that came after the completion of Under Western Eyes in 1910 and his subsequent breakdown at the age of 52 is markedly inferior to that of the enormously productive preceding decade. Only then did the public take to Conrad. His popularity resting on all the wrong books, it is not surprising that it declined rapidly following his death in 1924.

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