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the experience of reading in Britain, from 1450 to 1945...

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Record Number: 28974


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'At the foot of the bed was an oak "library table" [...]. There were several piles of books on it, W. W. Jacobs for light reading, de Maupassant, Flaubert, Galsworthy, Cunninghame Graham, various periodicals, and a book, which has always been a mystery to me, "Out of the Hurly Burly" by Max Ad[e]ler. In the window stood an arm chair of cherry wood, lacquered black, on which my father often sat to read for half an hour or so before "turning in".'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

unknown

Country:

England

Time

evening
night

Place:

city: Bishopsbourne
county: Kent
specific address: Oswalds
location in dwelling: 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:

Gentry
Gentry 'Szlachta', or Polish landed gentry/nobility

Occupation:

Master mariner and author

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:

n/a

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

28974

Source:

Print

Author:

John Conrad

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Joseph Conrad: Times Remembered

Place of Publication:

Cambridge

Date of Publication:

1981

Vol:

n/a

Page:

149

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

John Conrad, Joseph Conrad: Times Remembered , (Cambridge, 1981), p. 149, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=28974, accessed: 04 December 2021


Additional Comments:

These observations, which form part of John Conrad's memories during his adolescence at Oswalds, are included as part of the broader evidence for Conrad's reading experiences/habits.

   
   
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