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Record Number: 18584


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'I fear I may be too much under the influence of Maupassant. I have studied "Pierre et Jean" - thought, method and all - with the profoundest despair. It seems nothing but has a technical complexity which makes me tear my hair. one feels like weeping with rage while reading it. Ah well!'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Between 1 Oct 1894 and 5 Nov 1894

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: London
specific address: 17 Gillingham St SW1

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:

Gentry
'Szlachta', or Polish landed gentry/nobility

Occupation:

Master mariner

Religion:

Roman Catholic

Country of Origin:

Poland

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Guy de Maupassant

Title:

Pierre et Jean

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

Paris: Ollendorf, 1888

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

18584

Source:

Print

Author:

Joseph Conrad

Editor:

Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies)

Title:

The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 1, 1861-1897

Place of Publication:

Cambridge

Date of Publication:

1983

Vol:

1

Page:

184

Additional Comments:

Letter in French from Joseph Conrad to Marguerite Poradowska, 29 October or 5 November 1894, London.

Citation:

Joseph Conrad, Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies) (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 1, 1861-1897, (Cambridge, 1983), 1, p. 184, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=18584, accessed: 04 December 2021


Additional Comments:

See comments by Yves Hervouet, 'The French Face of Joseph Conrad' Cambridge,(1990), p.13 and n. 12 p.281.

   
   
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