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Record 27275

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'Since the age of five I have been a great reader [...]. At ten years of age I had read much of Victor Hugo and other romantics. I had read in Polish and in French, history, voyages, novels; I knew "Gil Blas" and "Don Quixote" in abridged editions; I had read in early boyhood Polish poets and some French poets, but I cannot say what I read on the evening [in September 1889] before I began to write myself. I belive it was a novel, and it is quite possible that it was one of Anthony Trollope's novels.It is very likely.My acquatance with him was then very recent. He is one of the English novelists whose works I read for the first time in English. With men of European reputation, with Dickens and Walter Scott and Thackeray, it was otherwise. My first introduction to English imaginative literature was "Nicholas Nickleby". It was extraordinary how well Mrs. Nickleby could chatter disconnectedly in Polish [...] It was, I have no doubt an excellent translation. This must have been in the year 1870.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1862 and 31 Dec 1867
Country: probably Russia (Ukraine)
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
   
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 Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 3 Dec 1857
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: child
Religion: Polish Catholic
Country of origin: Poland
Country of experience: probably Russia (Ukraine)
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Alain-Réné Lesage (Le Sage)
Title: The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santilane
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1717-1735. See additional comments re: abridged version
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 27275  
Source - Print  
  Author: Joseph Conrad
  Editor: Mara Kalnins
  Title: A Personal Record
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1998 (1912)
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 73
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Joseph Conrad, Mara Kalnins (ed.), A Personal Record (London, 1998 (1912)), p. 73, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=27275, accessed: 22 May 2019

Additional comments:

Internal evidence indicates that Conrad would have read "Gil Blas" in the abridged illustrated French version (Hachette 1861)rather than the MS of the unpublished translation into Polish by his father, Apollo Korzeniowski.

 

 

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