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Record 18584

Reading Experience:

'I fear I may be too much under the influence of Maupassant. I have studied "Pierre et Jean" - thought, method and all - with the profoundest despair. it seems nothing but has a technical complexity which makes me tear my hair. one feels like weeping with rage while reading it. Ah well!'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Oct 1894 and 5 Nov 1894
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
specific address: 17 Gillingham St SW
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
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: Guy de Maupassant
Title: Pierre et Jean
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Paris: Ollendorf, 1888
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18584  
Source - Print  
  Author: Joseph Conrad
  Editor: Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies)
  Title: The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 1, 1861-1897
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1983
  Vol: 1
  Page: 184
  Additional comments: Letter in French from Joseph Conrad to Marguerite Poradowska, 29 October or 5 November 1894, London.

Citation: Joseph Conrad, Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies) (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 1, 1861-1897 (Cambridge, 1983), 1, p. 184,, accessed: 27 May 2024

Additional comments:

See comments by Yves Hervouet, 'The French Face of Joseph Conrad' Cambridge,(1990), p.13 and n. 12 p.281.



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