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Record 28940

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'It is years since I have read "Candide" of course in French. I must tell you I have been immensely pleased by the particular quality of this translation.'
[Hence follow five lines of further praise for the translation.]
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1919 and 10 May 1922
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: Bishopsbourne
Kent
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 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)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Fran├žois-Marie Arouet Voltaire
Title: Candide
Genre: Fiction, Philosophy
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: London: F.B. Neumayer 1919, trans.by Dorset Chambers pseud. [i.e. Herman Irwell Woolf.
Provenance: owned

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 28940  
Source - Print  
  Author: Joseph Conrad
  Editor: Laurence Davies, Owen Knowles, Gene Moore and J.H.Stape
  Title: The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 9, Uncollected Letters 1892-1923
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 2007
  Vol: 9
  Page: 242
  Additional comments: Letter from Joseph Conrad to Borys Conrad, 10 May 1922, Oswalds.

Citation: Joseph Conrad, Laurence Davies, Owen Knowles, Gene Moore and J.H.Stape (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 9, Uncollected Letters 1892-1923 (Cambridge, 2007), 9, p. 242, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=28940, accessed: 01 June 2023

Additional comments:

No evidence has been found for the dates of Conrad's first reading of "Candide" (1759), clearly many years before his reading of this translation. Hervouet (1990) comments in general on Voltaire's influence (p.252).

 

 

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