Here you are introduced to one of the authors who got famous for writing in a language other than their native one.
5. Joseph Conrad (1857-1924): Born in Russia, the aristocratic adventurer wrote in English:
Conrad was born Józef Teodor Nałęcz Konrad Korzeniowski to an aristocratic Polish family in the middle of the 19th century. He was orphaned at an early age and moved to France to become a sailor. Although he never managed to make a career as a captain, the life of a common sailor fascinated him. Later in life he was able to weave these experiences into his works. It was only in his twenties, after years of traveling around the globe, that Conrad learned the English language. A decade later, still working as a sailor, he started to write in English. His best-known novel, "Heart of Darkness," addresses the arduous journey to a foreign country. In it, he coined the iconic phrase, “The horror! The horror!" made famous in Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of the novel, "Apocalypse Now.".