Over 840 letters in the nine-volume ‘Collected Letters’ series refer to Joseph Conrad’s health worries and symptoms. Conrad attributed his symptoms to gout. However, the letters suggest a recurring complex illness, probably Systemic Lupus Erythematosis (SLE). Later degenerative symptoms suggest Osteoarthritis rather than the destructive inflammatory arthritis typically associated with gout.
Review of Zwischen Ost und West: Joseph Conrad im europäischen Gespräch (Between East and West: Joseph Conrad in European Conversation). Edited by Elmar Schenkel, Hans-Christian Trepte Societas Jablonoviana Series, vol. 2. Leipzig: Leipzig UP, 2010, pp. 299
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