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Record 27590

Reading Experience:

'[Tristan] Bernard is very engaging. I do not know why but he is.[...] It is very good of you to have sent me that volume with the others. [Elémir] Bourges--ah, that's another matter.There are magnificent pages there. But all together more than anything else, it's surprising. You say to yourself: so that is "Le Crépuscule des Dieux"! And you continue to be struck by the poverty of the subject.[...]. You told me to start with that book. After fnishing it I opened the other ["Les oiseaux s'en volent et les fleurs tombent"]. It moved me by its splendour, the colours, the movement.' Hence follow 16 lines of reserved comment.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 29 Dec 1912 and 1 Jan 1913
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: Tristan Bernard
Title: unknown
Genre: Drama
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 27590  
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: 159-61
  Additional comments: Letter in French from Joseph Conrad to André Gide dated 1 January 1913 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. 159-61,, accessed: 04 December 2023

Additional comments:

See fn. 2 p.159 of source text. Tristan Bernard (1886-1947) was a comic playwright well known to Gide.



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