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Record Number: 20883


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'The book ["The Year of Trafalgar"] arrived. Some day I will bring it to London for you to write your name and mine on the flyleaf, thus making it specially valuable apart from its intrinsic worth, which I have been eagerly absorbing.' Hence follow eight lines of unqualified praise.

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 16 Jun 1905 and 19 Jul 1905

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Stanford near Hythe
county: Kent
specific address: Pent Farm
location in dwelling: Probably bedroom or sitting room, see additional comments

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Henry Newbolt

Title:

The Year of Trafalgar: being an account of the battle and of the events which led up to it, with a collection of the poems and ballads written thereupon between 1805 and 1905

Genre:

History, Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

London: John Murray, 1905

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

20883

Source:

Print

Author:

Joseph Conrad

Editor:

Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies)

Title:

The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 3, 1903-1907

Place of Publication:

Cambridge

Date of Publication:

1988

Vol:

n/a

Page:

275-276

Additional Comments:

Letter from Joseph Conrad to Henry Newbolt, dated 19th July 1905, Pent Farm

Citation:

Joseph Conrad, Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies) (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 3, 1903-1907 (Cambridge, 1988), p. 275-276, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=20883, accessed: 03 October 2022


Additional Comments:

In the same letter Conrad indicated that he has been reading lying on his back, unable to write, and therefore enjoying reading (source text p.276.)

   
   
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