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Record 28288

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'The truth of the matter is that it is you who have opened my eyes to the value and quality of Turgeniev [sic]. As a boy I remember reading "Smoke" in a Polish translation (a feuilleton of some newspaper) and the "Gentlefolks" in French.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1867 and 1873
Country: Poland or Russia
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 Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 3 Dec 1857
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: child
Religion: Polish Catholic
Country of origin: Poland
Country of experience: Poland or Russia
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Ivan Turgenev
Title: Smoke
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: newspaper supplement/magazine ('feuilleton')
Publication details: first published in Russian in 1867, no information available on early Polish translation being read
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 28288  
Source - Print  
  Author: Joseph Conrad
  Editor: Laurence Davies, Frederick R. Karl and Owen Knowles
  Title: The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 6, 1917-1919
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 2002
  Vol: 6
  Page: 77
  Additional comments: Letter from Joseph Conrad to Edward Garnett dated late April 1917, Capel House

Citation: Joseph Conrad, Laurence Davies, Frederick R. Karl and Owen Knowles (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 6, 1917-1919 (Cambridge, 2002), 6, p. 77, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=28288, accessed: 20 February 2024

Additional comments:

The date range of this reading experience is speculative but covers the period of Conrad's adolescence in Poland and Russia.

 

 

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