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Record Number: 18599


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'I've just finished reading "Liza of Lambeth" It is certainly worth reading--but whether it's worth talking about is another question. I at any rate have nothing to say except this--that I do not like society novels--and Liza to me is just a society novel--society of a kind.[...] It will be fairly successful I believe--for it is a "genre" picture without any atmosphere and consequently no reader can live in it. He just looks on--and that is what the general reader prefers.' Conrad then compares the novel to George Du Maurier's illustrations.

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Between 2 Jun 1897 and 20 Jun 1897

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Stanford-le-Hope
county: Essex

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:

England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

W. Somerset Maugham

Title:

Liza of Lambeth

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

Unwin 1897

Provenance

owned
sent to Conrad by publisher presumably for comment


Source Information:

Record ID:

18599

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:

361

Additional Comments:

Letter from Joseph Conrad to T.Fisher Unwin 20 June 1897 Stanford-le Hope, Essex.

Citation:

Joseph Conrad, Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies) (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 1, 1861-1897, (Cambridge, 1983), 1, p. 361, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=18599, accessed: 25 June 2024


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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