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Record 20538

Reading Experience:

'Your first inst[alment] [of "Kipps"] in the PMM [Pall Mall Magazine] is jolly good. It turns up [sic] remarkably well. Coming upon it unexpectedly (the No.of PMM was sent to me) I gave a great gasp to see the story of which I had heard first so long ago now beginning at last. I don't know that I will read the other instalments. I should think not. I've been pleased and now I can wait. There is in that opening, my dear boy, a quality.' Hence follow eight more lines of praise, including a resolution to read the second instalment after all.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1905 and 13 Jan 1905
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
specific address: probably 99 Addison Road West London
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: H.(Herbert) G.(George) Wells
Title: Kipps:The Story of a Simple Soul
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: First instalment of 'Kipps' published in Pall Mall Maagazine January 1905
Provenance: owned
Internal evidence (see citation) indicates that the magazine was sent to Conrad


Source Information:

Record ID: 20538  
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: 205-206
  Additional comments: Letter from Joseph Conrad to H.G.Wells dated 13 January 1905 London

Citation: Joseph Conrad, Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies) (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 3, 1903-1907 (Cambridge, 1988), p. 205-206,, accessed: 21 February 2024

Additional comments:



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