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Record 27605

Reading Experience:

'I am glad I read the little book ["The Problems of Philosophy"] before coming to your essays ["Philosophical Essays"]. If in reading the first I felt moving step by step, with delight, on the firmest ground, the other gave me the sense of an enlarged vision in the clearest, the purest atmosphere.' Hence follow another 10 lines of praise and gratitude.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 12 Dec 1913 and 22 Dec 1913
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Orlestone nr. Ashford
county: Kent
specific address: Capel House
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: Bertrand Russell
Title: Philosophical Essays
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Philosophy
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1910 Longmans
Provenance: owned
gift from author


Source Information:

Record ID: 27605  
Source - Print  
  Author: Joseph Conrad
  Editor: Karl Frederick R. and Laurence Davies
  Title: The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 5, 1912-1916
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1996
  Vol: 5
  Page: 317
  Additional comments: Letter from Joseph Conrad to Bertrand Russell dated 22 December 1913, Capel House.

Citation: Joseph Conrad, Karl Frederick R. and Laurence Davies (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 5, 1912-1916 (Cambridge, 1996), 5, p. 317,, accessed: 16 October 2019

Additional comments:

See also letter 12 December 1913 record 27604 referring to Conrad's initial reading of "Problems of Philosophy" the 'little book'.



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