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Record 27575

Reading Experience:

'I am delighted and honoured by your gift of an inscribed copy [presumably of "Voices of Tomorrow" but see additional comment]. It is with great pleasure that I discover in myself an intellectual (or perhaps instinctive) sympathy for what you say in your book with such force, clearness and conviction. In the article on myself what I see first is the generosity of your appreciation.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 May 1912 and 16 May 1912
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Orlestone nr. Ashford
county: Kent
specific address: Capel House
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: E.(Edwin) A.(August) Bjorkman
Title: Voices of Tomorrow:Critical Studies on the New Spirit of Literature
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Book, Serial / periodical, see additional comment
Publication details: New York, 1912 and 1913 see additional comment
Provenance: owned
gift from author


Source Information:

Record ID: 27575  
Source - Print  
  Author: Joseph Conrad
  Editor: Karl Frederick R. and Laurence Davies
  Title: The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 5, 1912-1916
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1996
  Vol: 5
  Page: 65
  Additional comments: Letter from Joseph Conrad to E.A.Bjorkman dated 16 May 1912, Capel House.

Citation: Joseph Conrad, Karl Frederick R. and Laurence Davies (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 5, 1912-1916 (Cambridge, 1996), 5, p. 65,, accessed: 08 December 2023

Additional comments:

See fns 1-3 p.65 of source text. There is here some inconsistency/uncertainty about whether Conrad received and was reading the May 1912 issue of 'American Review of Reviews' in which Bjorkman's essay on him 'Joseph Conrad: A Master of Literary Color' first appeared, or whether it was the book 'Voices of Tomorrow' which seems to have only been first published in 1913. The context suggests the published book, even though inconsistent with the footnote information. This entry is included as example of Conrad's reactions after reading essays about himself. There are many such examples refrred to in his letters, which have not been submitted for recording in the database.



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