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Record 28912

Reading Experience:

'I am wholly delighted with your "R.[iceyman] S.[teps]. Wholly. You will give me credit for not having missed any special gems but it is the whole achievement as I went from page to page that secured my admiration. [...] I closed the book at 7 in the morning after the shortest sleepless night of my experience [...]'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 20 Dec 1923 and 2 Jan 1924
Country: England
Time: night: read throughout the night
Place: city: Bishopsbourne
county: Kent
specific address: Oswalds
location in dwelling: presumably bedroom
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: Enoch Arnold Bennett
Title: Riceyman Steps
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Cassell 1922
Provenance: owned
presentation copy sent by author


Source Information:

Record ID: 28912  
Source - Print  
  Author: Joseph Conrad
  Editor: Laurence Davies and Gene M. Moore
  Title: The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 8,1923-1924
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 2008
  Vol: 8
  Page: 259
  Additional comments: Letter from Joseph Conrad to Arnold Bennett 2 January 1924, Oswalds.

Citation: Joseph Conrad, Laurence Davies and Gene M. Moore (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 8,1923-1924 (Cambridge, 2008), 8, p. 259,, accessed: 08 December 2023

Additional comments:

See also letter 20 December 1923 p.249 of source text.



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