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Record 26475

Reading Experience:

'I have an idea dear Jack that any comment on your work can be nothing by now but ( in the words of the Pole in "[A] Lear of the Steppes"), "perfectly superfluous chatter". '
Century: 1850-1899, 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1898 and 30 Dec
Country: unknown
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: unknown
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Ivan Turgenev
Title: A Lear of the Steppes and Other Stories
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Almost certainly Constance Garnett's translation (Heinemann, 1898) of the 1870 text
Provenance: owned
almost certainly sent to Conrad by Edward Garnett.


Source Information:

Record ID: 26475  
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: 381
  Additional comments: Letter from Joseph Conrad to John Galsworthy dated 27 October, 1910 Capel House.

Citation: Joseph Conrad, Karl Frederick R. and Laurence Davies (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 4 1908-1911 (Cambridge, 1990), 4, p. 381,, accessed: 21 February 2024

Additional comments:

The reference is to Kvitzinsky the manager in the title story (fn.1, p.381 of source text.) It is known (Knowles and Moore 2000, p.376) that Conrad's immersed himself in reading Turgenev's works as soon as they appeared in Garnett's translations between 1895 and 1900.



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