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Record 25044

Reading Experience:

'Does the A[natole] F[rance] next book consist of the proofs you've let me see? And what on earth is one to write about it?'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Oct 1908 and 10 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: L'Ile des Pingouins
Genre: Fiction, History, Politics, political satire as fiction
Form of Text: Manuscript: Sheet, Proofs
Publication details: Calmann-Lévy, 1908
Provenance: n/a


Source Information:

Record ID: 25044  
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: 142
  Additional comments: Letter from Joseph Conrad to Ford Madox Ford dated 10 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. 142,, accessed: 16 October 2019

Additional comments:

Conrad wrote an appreciative review of this book for the 'English Review' see fn. 5, p. 140 of source text, and also Knowles and Moore 'The Oxford Readers Companion to Conrad' (2000) p.126.



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