Joseph Conrad is one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language. He joined the British merchant marine in 1878, and was granted British nationality in 1886. Though he did not speak English fluently until he was in his twenties, he was a master prose stylist who brought a non-English sensibility into English literature. He wrote stories and novels, many with a nautical setting, that depict trials of the human spirit in the midst of an impassive, inscrutable universe. Tales of Unrest is a collection of short stories originally published in 1898. It includes: Karain, A Memory; The Idiots; An Outpost Of Progress; The Return; The Lagoon.