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Record 20388

Reading Experience:

'An excellent volume. Last time I saw you , you spoke of it slightlingly-and this only adds to my envy of your astounding gift-for if this is the sort of thing you throw off while you whistle!-well!' Thence follow tweleve lines of praise for this collection of short stories.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Oct 1903 and 19 Nov 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: Twelve Stories and a Dream
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: London: Macmillan, 1903
Provenance: unknown
Probably a gift from the author but no internal evidence for this.


Source Information:

Record ID: 20388  
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: 79-80
  Additional comments: Letter to H.G.Wells tentatively dated by eds as November-December 1903, from Pent Farm based on letterhead style and internal evidence.

Citation: Joseph Conrad, Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies) (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 3, 1903-1907 (Cambridge, 1988), p. 79-80,, accessed: 28 May 2020

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