"Michael John DiSanto’s Under Conrad’s Eyes: The Novel as Criticism explores the roots of Conrad's writing, especially in nineteenth-century thought. Here DiSanto focuses on Conrad’s reading, examining among his predecessors specifically Carlyle, Dickens, George Eliot, Dostoevsky, and Nietzsche and analyzing the manner in which Conrad's reading of their texts is evidenced in his fictions both as continuation and as argument. The complexity of Conrad's thought, DiSanto argues, 'is rooted in his knowledge of these writers.' In closely examining this relationship, this study also demonstrates how Conrad’s art itself ‘offers a reassessment of their work.' DiSanto's book makes a strong contribution to Conrad studies." Adam Gillon Award jury member.