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Record 20392

Reading Experience:

'Next to tell you that "H.[Hernando]de Soto" is most exquisitely excellent: your very mark and spirit upon a subject that only you can do justice to-with your wonderful English and your sympathetic insight insto the souls of the Conquistadores.' Thence follows half a page of praise.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 9 Jul 1903 and 26 Dec 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: R. (Robert) B.(Bontine) Cunninghame Graham
Title: Hernando de Soto: together with an account of one of his captains, Gonçalo Silvestre.
Genre: History, Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: London: William Heinemann, 1903
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 20392  
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: 100-101
  Additional comments: Letter from Joseph Conrad to R.B.Cunninghame Graham dated 126th December, 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. 100-101,, accessed: 09 December 2023

Additional comments:

This work and Cunninghame Graham's earlier works set in South America, such as 'A Vanished Arcadia' (1901), see letter 19th March 1903 (p.25 of source text) almost certainly informed 'Nostromo' published the following year.



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