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Record Number: 19222


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Referring to criticism of Henry James by John Galsworthy that James did not 'write from the heart': 'To me even "R.T." ["The Real Thing" 1892,1893] seems to flow from the heart because and only because the work approaching [sic] so near perfection yet does not strike cold.[...] The outlines are so clear the figures so finished, chiselled, carved and brought out[...]. The volume of short stories entitled I think "The Lesson of the Master" [1892] contains a tale called "The Pupil" if I remember rightly where the underlying feeling of the man --his really wide sympathy--is seen nearer the surface.'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1892 and 12 Mar 1899

Country:

Unknown probably England

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:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

3 Dec 1857

Socio-Economic Group:

Gentry
'Szlachta', or Polish landed gentry/nobility

Occupation:

Master mariner and author

Religion:

Roman Catholic

Country of Origin:

Poland

Country of Experience:

Unknown probably England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Henry James

Title:

The Real Thing

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Unknown

Publication Details

"The Real Thing" appeared first in 1892 in "Black and White" and as a book in 1893.

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

19222

Source:

Print

Author:

Joseph Conrad

Editor:

Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies)

Title:

The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 2, 1898-1902

Place of Publication:

Cambridge

Date of Publication:

1986

Vol:

2

Page:

174

Additional Comments:

Letter to John Galsworthy, considered by eds. to be dated 12th March 1899, Pent Farm

Citation:

Joseph Conrad, Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies) (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 2, 1898-1902, (Cambridge, 1986), 2, p. 174, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=19222, accessed: 30 November 2021


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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