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Record 18588

Reading Experience:

'Strangely enough--about five months ago--when turning over the last page of the "Wonderful Visit" in the full impresion of the suggestive charm and full realism of that book, I remember reflecting--with contemptible bitterness--that a mind which could conceive and execute such a work was utterly beyond my reach.[...] I have only read the "Time Machine" the "Wonderful Visit" the "Bacillus" volume of short stories--and I am informed to day that "Dr Moreau " is just now on his way to my island. I expect to have the delight of his acquaintance tomorrow. Your book[s?] [presumably "Wonderful Visit" or all three texts mentioned as read] lay hold of me with a grasp that can be felt. I am held by the charm of their expression and of their meaning.' Thereafter follows several more lines of effusive commentary.
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Dec 1895 and 31 Jan 1896
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
specific address: probably 17 Gillingham St SW
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Joseph Conrad
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 3 Dec 1857
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Master mariner and author
Religion: originally Polish Catholic, by now agnostic/atheist
Country of origin: Poland
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: H.(Herbert) G. (George) Wells
Title: The Wonderful Visit
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Dent 1895
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18588  
Source - Print  
  Author: Joseph Conrad
  Editor: Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies)
  Title: The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 1, 1861-1897
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1983
  Vol: 1
  Page: 282
  Additional comments: Letter from Joseph Conrad to H.G.Wells 25 May 1896, Brittany.

Citation: Joseph Conrad, Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies) (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 1, 1861-1897 (Cambridge, 1983), 1, p. 282,, accessed: 26 August 2019

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