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Record 13027

Reading Experience:

'My Dear Wells, I owe you a good turn for pointing out Conrad to me. I remember I got his first book, Almayer?s Folly, to review with a batch of others from Unwin, & feeling at the time rather bored (you know the feeling?I get through 50 or 60 novels a month for two papers) I simply didn?t read it at all?wrote a vague & discreet par. & left it.' I have just read his new book 'The Nigger of the Narcissus', which has moved me to enthusiasm. Where did the man pick up that style, & that synthetic way of gathering up a general impression & flinging it at you? Not only his style, but his attitude, affected me deeply. He is so consciously an artist.
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1897 and 8 Dec 1897
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
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:Arnold Bennett
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 27 May 1867
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer/editor/reviewer
Religion: Christian
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Joseph Conrad
Title: The Nigger of the Narcissus
Genre: Fiction, Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1897
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 13027  
Source - Print  
  Author: Arnold Bennett
  Editor: James Hepburn
  Title: Letters of Arnold Bennett Vol.II 1889-1915
  Place of Publication: London: Oxford University Press
  Date of Publication: 1968
  Vol: II
  Page: 94
  Additional comments: Letter from AB to H.G. Wells, dated 8 Decr 97, from 6 Victoria Grove.

Citation: Arnold Bennett, James Hepburn (ed.), Letters of Arnold Bennett Vol.II 1889-1915 (London: Oxford University Press, 1968), II, p. 94,, accessed: 24 June 2024

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