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Record 28883

Reading Experience:

'When your book ["The Problem of China"] arrived we were away for a few days. Perhaps [...] I should have acknowledged the receipt at once. But I preferred to read it before I wrote. Unluckily a very unpleasant affair was sprung on me and absorbed all my thinking energies for a fortnight. I simply did not attempt to open the book till all the worry and flurry was over, and I could give it two clear days.'
[Hence follow three pages of commentary.]
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 22 Sep 1922 and 23 Oct 1922
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Bishopsbourne
county: Kent
specific address: Oswalds
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: The Problem of China
Genre: Politics
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Allen and Unwin 1922
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 28883  
Source - Print  
  Author: Joseph Conrad
  Editor: Laurence Davies and J. H. Stape
  Title: The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 7, 1920-1922
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 2005
  Vol: 7
  Page: 542
  Additional comments: Letter from Joseph Conrad to Bertrand Russell dated 23 October 1922, Oswalds.

Citation: Joseph Conrad, Laurence Davies and J. H. Stape (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 7, 1920-1922 (Cambridge, 2005), 7, p. 542,, accessed: 22 October 2019

Additional comments:

The evidence contained within this and other letters does not allow a more precise date range other than after 22 September when the Conrads returned from a visit to Liverpool and North Wales, but it is most likely to have been only two or three days this letter was written.



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