Set in the South of France during the waning days of the French Revolution and the early years of Napoleonic rule, The Rover (1923) is the last novel that Conrad completed in his lifetime.
A popular success on its publication, it explores, against the backdrop of dramatic political change and the Anglo-French hostilities leading up to the Battle of Trafalgar, the themes of personal and national identity, loyalty and love.
The 'Introduction' situates the novel in Conrad's career and traces its sources and contemporary reception.
Explanatory notes illuminate literary and historical references and indicate Conrad's sources.
The essay on the text and the apparatus lay out the history of the work's composition and publication, detail the interventions in the text by Conrad's typists, compositors and editors and explain editorial policy.
This edition of The Rover, established through modern textual scholarship, presents the novel in a form more authoritative than any so far printed.