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Record 24916

Reading Experience:

'But "La leçon bien apprise" is really quite....And what is wrong with "Les Etrennes de Mlle. Doucine"? I don't like it most, but I think it most suitable owing to its humorous and sentimental characteristics. I recommend it strongly as perfectly fit for general reading and even seasonable [for the December issue of the "Review"]'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 31 Jul 1908 and 6 Oct 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: Les Etrennes de Mlle. Doucine, and La Leçon bien apprise see also additional comments
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Calmann-Lévy Paris 1908, subsequently re-published in the December 1908 issue of the "Review"
Provenance: n/a


Source Information:

Record ID: 24916  
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: 131
  Additional comments: Letter from Joseph Conrad to Ford Madox Ford, dated 29 September or 6 October,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. 131,, accessed: 16 October 2019

Additional comments:

Conrad also refers to a story entitled "Roxanne". The three stories were to form the colection "Les Contes de Jacques Tournebroche" first published on 15 June 1908 by Calmann-Lévy, Paris. These dates, and the use of the French titles suggests that these stories were read by Conrad in French rather than in translation.



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