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Record Number: 27682


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'It ["The Freelands"] is a most beautifully done thing. [...]. I kept your book for a propitious day and finished it about midnight. Then I put out the light opened the window and listened to the noise of the Zep passing nearly overhead.[...] That was the night of the second raid on London.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

8 Sep 1915

Country:

England

Time

evening
night

Place:

city: Orlestone nr. Ashford
county: Kent
specific address: Capel House
location in dwelling: bedroom

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:

John Galsworthy

Title:

The Freelands

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book, Pamphlet

Publication Details

1915 Heinemann

Provenance

owned
probably gift from author


Source Information:

Record ID:

27682

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:

506

Additional Comments:

Letter from Joseph Conrad to John Galsworthy, 19 August 1915, 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. 506, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=27682, accessed: 02 July 2022


Additional Comments:

See fn.1, p.506 of source text for information supporting the precise timing of this reading experience

   
   
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