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Record Number: 24811


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'In H. James " Little Tour of France" (which I will send to Ada [Galsworthy] to take west with her for leisurely reading) there occurs a simple sentence which came forcibly to my mind. He had been looking at some picture in a provincial gallery--and he says: All this is painted in a manner to bring tears into one's eyes. I don't quote literally--(the book is downstairs where it is dark and I feel too fagged out doing nothing to move from my chair)--but that's just it!'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

unknown

Country:

unknown, likely England or France

Time

n/a

Place:

Luton Hoo Estate
Bedfordshire
Someries

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, likely England or France

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Henry James

Title:

A Little Tour in France

Genre:

Geography / Travel

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

First published 1885, new illustrated cheap edition Heinemann 1907

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

24811

Source:

Print

Author:

Joseph Conrad

Editor:

Karl Frederick R. and Laurence Davies

Title:

The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 4 1908-1911

Place of Publication:

Cambridge

Date of Publication:

1990

Vol:

4

Page:

95-96

Additional Comments:

Letter from Joseph Conrad to John Galsworthy probably 25 July 1908, Someries. See fn.1 p.95 of source text

Citation:

Joseph Conrad, Karl Frederick R. and Laurence Davies (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 4 1908-1911, (Cambridge, 1990), 4, p. 95-96, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=24811, accessed: 03 December 2021


Additional Comments:

Since Conrad's asociation with James only began with an exchange of books in 1886, and he received his first presentation copy from James, 'The Spoils of Poynton' in 1887, it is most likely that the edition of 'A Little Tour in France' read by Conrad, referred to here and recommended to Ada Galsworthy, was that of 1907.

   
   
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