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Record 20358

Reading Experience:

'He [Edward Garnett] gave me his father's book for you. He handed it to me because I wanted to look at some new stories in the vol:[...]I send it on now. E.G. thinks that the intelligence and irony of the book may appeal to H.G. I think so too.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jun 1903 and 11 Jul 1903
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: Richard` Garnett
Title: The Twilight of the Gods and Other tales
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book, Serial / periodical
Publication details: London: T.Fisher Unwin, first publ.1888 new augmented edn London anmd New York: J.Lane, 1903
Provenance: borrowed (other)
passed on by author's son to Conrad, for attention of H.G.Wells


Source Information:

Record ID: 20358  
Source - Print  
  Author: Joseph Conrad
  Editor: Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies)
  Title: The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 3, 1903-1907
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1988
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 43
  Additional comments: Letter to H.G.Wells dated Saturday 4th or 11th July? 1903, Pent Farm.

Citation: Joseph Conrad, Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies) (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 3, 1903-1907 (Cambridge, 1988), p. 43,, accessed: 08 December 2023

Additional comments:

See also fn.3, p.43 of source text. Richard Garnett (1835-1906) was the father of Edward Garnett, was formerly Keeper of Printed Books at the British Museum, and wrote numerous scholarly papers and books as well as this collection of short stories. Internal evidence in the letter implies that Conrad was referring to the new 1903 edition.



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