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Record 18922

Reading Experience:

'I have just read "Family Portraits". I am a bad critic: it is difficult for me to express with the right words the pleasure that the reading of your charming sketch has given me; but when I raised my eyes from the page , it was with the very vivid feeling of having seen not only the long line of the portaits but also the beauty of the profound and tender idea which illuminated for you all the faces portrayed, the sad eyes of the dead with the flame of a gentle pity and a penetrating sympathy.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 8 Feb 1899 and 24 Feb 1899
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Stanford near Hythe
county: Kent
specific address: Pent Farm
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: Gabriela Cunninghame Graham
Title: Family Portraits
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Unknown
Publication details: details of original publication unknown but essays reprinted in "The Christ of Toro" 1908
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18922  
Source - Print  
  Author: Joseph Conrad
  Editor: Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies)
  Title: The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 2, 1898-1902
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1986
  Vol: 2
  Page: 170
  Additional comments: Letter (in French with eds. translation quoted here) from Joseph Conrad to Gabriela Cunninghame Graham (wife of Robert Cunninghame Graham) 28th February 1899, Pent Farm.

Citation: Joseph Conrad, Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies) (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 2, 1898-1902 (Cambridge, 1986), 2, p. 170,, accessed: 09 December 2023

Additional comments:

See also for example fn. to letter of Joseph Conrad to R.B. Cunninghame Grahame 31 January 1898,source text .pp.29-30 for details on Gabriela Cunninghame Graham.



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