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Record 20539

Reading Experience:

'All I can say is that I am quite enthusiastic about the work ["A Modern Utopia"]. From the first line of the preface to the closing sentence I feel in touch with a more accessible Wells - a Wells mellowed, as it were in the meditation of the three books of which this last one is certainly the nearest to my understanding and the most commanding to my assent.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 11 Apr 1905 and 25 Apr 1905
Country: Italy
Time: n/a
Place: city: Capri
county: Napoli
specific address: probably Villa di Maria
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: Italy
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: H.(Herbert) G.(George) Wells
Title: A Modern Utopia
Genre: Fiction,
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: London: Chapman and Hall,1905
Provenance: owned
Inscribed copy from author, inscription dated 10 April 1905


Source Information:

Record ID: 20539  
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: 234-235
  Additional comments: Letter from Joseph Conrad to H.G.Wells dated 25 April 1905, Capri.

Citation: Joseph Conrad, Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies) (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 3, 1903-1907 (Cambridge, 1988), p. 234-235,, accessed: 13 July 2024

Additional comments:

The text was the third of a sequence starting with 'Anticipations' 1901 and followed by 'Mankind in the Making' 1903 a text which disturbed Conrad (see fn.1, p.235 of source text and also letters of 19 September, 23-25 September and 2 October 1903, pp.61-65 of source text. See also RED ID 20387.



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