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Record 20387

Reading Experience:

'There is any amount of masterly pages. I have not read all of them as you may imagine. [...] Yes the "virtue" of the book is great.' Interspersed and following are several lines of warm praise for Wells's new book.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 18 Sep 1903 and 2 Oct 1903
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Stanford near Hythe
county: Kent
specific address: Pent Farm
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: Mankind in the Making
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Social Science, Politics
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: London: Chapman and Hall, 1903
Provenance: owned
sent with inscription 18th September 1903 as gift from author.


Source Information:

Record ID: 20387  
Source - Print  
  Author: Joseph Conrad
  Editor: Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies)
  Title: The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 3, 1903-1907
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1988
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 61-62
  Additional comments: Letter to H.G.Wells dated 19th September, 1903, Pent Farm. See also additional comments about two subsequent letters.

Citation: Joseph Conrad, Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies) (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 3, 1903-1907 (Cambridge, 1988), p. 61-62,, accessed: 24 August 2019

Additional comments:

This was according to fn.2. p.61 of source text the first of three letters discussing this book in detail. The other two are dated 23-25 September 1903,(pp.62-64 of source text) which consists of a very detailed critique, and 2nd October 1903 (pp.65-66 of source text), in which Conrad comments on his reaction to a second reading.



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