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Record 19323

Reading Experience:

In a long letter to Edward Garnett, in which Conrad outlines some aspects of his family history, he writes that his father Apollonius N. Korzeniowski translated into Polish Victor Hugo's "La Legende des Siecles", "Travailleurs de la Mer" and " Hernani", Alfred de Vigny's " Chatterton", Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing", "As You Like It", "Two Gentlemen of Verona", "A Comedy of Errors" and "Othello" . 'These I remember seeing in proofs when sent for his correction.[...] Some of these I've read when I could be no more than eight or nine years old.' [See also additional comments.]
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 1865 and 31 Dec 1866
Country: Russia
Time: n/a
Place: city: Chernikhov
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 Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 3 Dec 1857
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Child
Religion: Polish Catholic
Country of origin: Poland
Country of experience: Russia
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Shakespeare
Title: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Genre: Drama
Form of Text: Manuscript: Codex, Sheet, One page of his father's translation into Polish.
Publication details: Polish translation by Apollonius N Korzeniowski
Provenance: read in situ


Source Information:

Record ID: 19323  
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: 246
  Additional comments: Letter from Joseph Conrad to Edward Garnett dated 20th January 1900, 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. 246,, accessed: 28 March 2023

Additional comments:

For details of this reading experience when the Korzeniowski family were exiled in Russia, see Joseph Conrad "A Personal Memoir" (1912, Penguin 1998) p.74 and also Frederick R. Karl, "Joseph Conrad:The Three Lives" (Faber 1979 p.67).



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