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Record 21547

Reading Experience:

'I have been a few times to the Town [Montpellier] Library- with an object. And the object is reading up all I can discover there about Napoleon in Elba.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 8 Jan 1907 and 25 Jan 1907
Country: France
Time: n/a
Place: city: Montpellier
county: Herault
specific address: Public Library
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: France
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Paul Gruyer
Title: Napoleon, roi de l'ile d'Elbe
Genre: History, Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Paris: Hachette,1906 (see also additional comment)
Provenance: read in situ


Source Information:

Record ID: 21547  
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: 409
  Additional comments: Letter from Joseph Conrad to J.B.Pinker dated 25 January 1907, Montpellier.

Citation: Joseph Conrad, Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies) (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 3, 1903-1907 (Cambridge, 1988), p. 409,, accessed: 21 June 2024

Additional comments:

See fn.3 p.409 of source text, which indicates that in 1907 the Montpellier public library held only the volume cited above , with no other material on Napoleon on Elba, so it is reasonable to assume that this constituted Conrad's reading experience.



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