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Record 20359

Reading Experience:

Referring to Elsie Hueffer's translation of Maupassant: 'I've "suggested" on the proof numbered 2 everything that occurred to me as improvement. Your work and your corrections are all right. The preface is extremely good.' Hence follow twelve lines of minor comment about the translation, including delicately skirting around Mrs.Hueffer's naive misuse of the French verb 'baiser' instead of 'embrasser'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 18 Jul 1903 and 15 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: Guy de Maupassant
Title: Stories from De Maupassant [English title]
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Manuscript: Proofs
Publication details: 1903. trans. by E.[Elsie]M.[Martindale] [Hueffer] with preface by F.M.Hueffer. Published by Duckworth.
Provenance: borrowed (other)
Proofs sent to Conrad for comment.


Source Information:

Record ID: 20359  
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: 49-50
  Additional comments: Letter to Elsie Hueffer (wife of Ford Madox Ford) tentatively dated early August 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. 49-50,, accessed: 31 May 2023

Additional comments:

See fn.1, p.49 of source text and also second letter to Elsie Hueffer p.50 of source text .



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