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Record Number: 32836


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

I remember one morning, early, I found him in his study laughing uproariously: he was reading, in Proust's "Pastiches et Mélanges", the pastiche of Flaubert (and he had a special reverence for Flaubert), I had rarely seen him enjoying himself so much. I had barely entered the room when he re-read me the sentences, one after the other [...] (Trans. by contributor)

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 1 Sep 1919 and 1 Aug 1924

Country:

England

Time

morning

Place:

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

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary reactive 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:

England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Marcel Proust

Title:

Pastiches et Mélanges

Genre:

Essays / Criticism

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

Paris: NRF, 1919

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

32836

Source:

Print

Author:

Gérard Jean-Aubry

Editor:

Rivière Jacques

Title:

Nouvelle Revue Française: Hommage à Conrad

Place of Publication:

Paris

Date of Publication:

1 December 1924

Vol:

135

Page:

37

Additional Comments:

Special issue of the "Nouvelle Revue Française" dedicated to Conrad's memory.

Citation:

Gérard Jean-Aubry, Rivière Jacques (ed.), Nouvelle Revue Française: Hommage à Conrad, (Paris, 1 December 1924), 135, p. 37, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=32836, accessed: 15 November 2019


Additional Comments:

This shared reading experience, tentatively dated between late 1919 (when the work appeared), and Conrad's death in 1924, probably took place in late 1922, around the time of Proust's death, when Conrad wrote to Christopher Sandeman that 'I've lately read nothing but Marcel Proust.' (see UKRED ID 28888).Unlike other works by Proust, which Conrad also read in English translation, this work was not translated at the time and must have been read in French. Jean-Aubry was a frequent visitor to Oswalds at this time.

   
   
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