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Record 21519

Reading Experience:

'And on the subject of Wells, his book on the United States is quite smart.He has understood a heap of fundamentally unintelligible things. That's the purpose of an imagination like his, aided by an intelligence as sharp as acid.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jul 1906 and 8 Nov 1906
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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: The Future in America: A search after realities
Genre: Social Science, Geography / Travel
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: London: Chapman Hall,1906 (see also additional comment)
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 21519  
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: 373
  Additional comments: Letter in French from Joseph Conrad to H.-D. Davray, dated 8 November, 1906, 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. 373,, accessed: 19 July 2024

Additional comments:

Book serialised in Harpers Weekly July-October 1906 (see fn.2 and letter to Jane Wells 4 August 1906, p.346 of source text.) Not entirely clear whether Conrad was referring to published book or serialised version in this letter.



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