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Record 24870

Reading Experience:

'I am keeping the "Jeanne d'Arc" until you return to town, unless you want me to send it out west to you. Upon the whole I think it is disappointing. One asks oneself why on earth A[natole]F[rance] wanted to touch that subject at all, and if he had to touch why in that way precisely.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1908 and 18 Aug 1908
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Luton Hoo Estate
county: Bedfordshire
specific address: Someries
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: Anatole France
Title: Vie de Jeanne d'Arc
Genre: History, Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Paris: Calmann-Lévy, 1908. See also additional comments
Provenance: borrowed (other)
Internal evidence indicates book lent by John or Ada Galsworthy


Source Information:

Record ID: 24870  
Source - Print  
  Author: Joseph Conrad
  Editor: Karl Frederick R. and Laurence Davies
  Title: The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 4 1908-1911
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1990
  Vol: 4
  Page: 104
  Additional comments: Letter from Joseph Conrad to Ada Galsworthy dated 18 August 1908, Someries.

Citation: Joseph Conrad, Karl Frederick R. and Laurence Davies (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 4 1908-1911 (Cambridge, 1990), 4, p. 104,, accessed: 20 November 2019

Additional comments:

See also letter to John Galsworthy 30 November 1908, pp.151-152 of source text, indicating the eventual return of the book and again, Conrad's disappointment. Conrad would of course be referring to the original French edition, as the English edition translated by Winifred Stephens did not appear until 1909.



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