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Record 28891

Reading Experience:

'Many thanks for your Laforgue. Your introduction couldn't be more interesting as regards both matter and tone. It is very very well done. Your author's text is odd [curieux]. Its charm is felt through the facts.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 27 Oct 1922 and 20 Dec 1922
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Bishopsbourne
county: Kent
specific address: Oswalds
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 n/a
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: Jules Laforgue
Title: n/a
Genre: uncertain whether poetry or geography/history, see additional comment.
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1922
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 28891  
Source - Print  
  Author: Joseph Conrad
  Editor: Laurence Davies and J. H. Stape
  Title: The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 7, 1920-1922
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 2005
  Vol: 7
  Page: 626
  Additional comments: Letter in French from Joseph Conrad to Jean Aubry 20 December 1922, Oswalds

Citation: Joseph Conrad, Laurence Davies and J. H. Stape (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 7, 1920-1922 (Cambridge, 2005), 7, p. 626,, accessed: 30 November 2023

Additional comments:

Two texts by Laforgue, "Berlin: La Cour et la ville" and "Po├Ęsies compl├Ętes" were published in 1922. While Hervouet (1990) claims that the letter referred to Laforgue's poetry (p.248), the use of the word 'facts', 'faits' in the original, would equally well suggest the book on Berlin.



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