"However one may weary of the slippery elusiveness of the psychic conclusions, or may rebel against the ultimate tragedy of the book, there are compensations of depth and beauty upon every page. Never were Mr. Conrad's felicity of phrase and charm of atmosphere more obvious than in 'Lord Jim.' His danger is that, like Mr. James, he may become entangled in his own supreme literary art, and may sacrifice simplicity and directness of purpose to his very perfection of method. As it stands, however, a book of the rare quality of 'Lord Jim' is something to receive with gratitude and joy, and a sense of distinction conferred on the readers of romance."Conrad, Joseph is the author of 'Lord Jim Authoritative Text, Backgrounds, Sources, Criticism', published 1996 under ISBN 9780393963359 and ISBN 0393963357.