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Record 24811

Reading Experience:

'In H. James " Little Tour of France" (which I will send to Ada [Galsworthy] to take west with her for leisurely reading) there occurs a simple sentence which came forcibly to my mind. He had been looking at some picture in a provincial gallery--and he says: All this is painted in a manner to bring tears into one's eyes. I don't quote literally--(the book is downstairs where it is dark and I feel too fagged out doing nothing to move from my chair)--but that's just it!'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: unknown, likely England or France
Time: n/a
Place: Luton Hoo Estate
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: unknown, likely England or France
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Henry James
Title: A Little Tour in France
Genre: Geography / Travel
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: First published 1885, new illustrated cheap edition Heinemann 1907
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 24811  
Source - Print  
  Author: Joseph Conrad
  Editor: Karl Frederick R. and Laurence Davies
  Title: The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 4 1908-1911
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1990
  Vol: 4
  Page: 95-96
  Additional comments: Letter from Joseph Conrad to John Galsworthy probably 25 July 1908, Someries. See fn.1 p.95 of source text

Citation: Joseph Conrad, Karl Frederick R. and Laurence Davies (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 4 1908-1911 (Cambridge, 1990), 4, p. 95-96,, accessed: 01 June 2023

Additional comments:

Since Conrad's asociation with James only began with an exchange of books in 1886, and he received his first presentation copy from James, 'The Spoils of Poynton' in 1887, it is most likely that the edition of 'A Little Tour in France' read by Conrad, referred to here and recommended to Ada Galsworthy, was that of 1907.



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