Many people became familiar with Heart of Darkness through Francis Ford Coppola's famous movie adaptation, Apocalypse Now. The novel Heart of Darkness is largely based on first-hand experiences that Joseph Conrad acquired while journeying up the Congo River during a six month voyage in 1890. The captain died during that voyage and Conrad took command of the steamboat. Heart of Darkness details the journey of Charles Marlow as he captains a ferry-boat transporting ivory down river and develops an intense interest in Kurtz, an ivory procurement agent stationed in the territory. A great classic of English literature, a must-read from the library at American Literature.
The image is the cover of Blackwood's Magazine, where Heart of Darkness was serialized in three parts starting in February 1899.