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Record 21520

Reading Experience:

'I got the play ["The Breaking Point"] at 9 this morning. I've shut myself up with it at once and I won't come out of the room. I will see no one, will let no word or thing come between it and me till I've written to you.' Hence follow five pages of commentary and praise.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 17 Nov 1906
Country: England
Time: daytime
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: Edward Garnett
Title: The Breaking Point
Genre: Drama
Form of Text: Print: unclear whether MS or printed playscript
Publication details: published later, (London: Duckworth, 1907)
Provenance: unknown
probably sent by author


Source Information:

Record ID: 21520  
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 from Joseph Conrad to Edward Garnett dated 17 November, 1906, letterhead: 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: 03 December 2023

Additional comments:

'The Breaking Point' was censored for public performance but published in 1907 (London: Duckworth) see fn.2 p.375 of source text.



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