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Record Number: 20358


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'He [Edward Garnett] gave me his father's book for you. He handed it to me because I wanted to look at some new stories in the vol:[...] I send it on now. E.G[arnett]. thinks that the intelligence and irony of the book may appeal to H.G.[Wells] I think so too.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 1 Jun 1903 and 11 Jul 1903

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Stanford near Hythe
county: Kent
specific address: Pent Farm

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:

Richard` Garnett

Title:

The Twilight of the Gods and Other tales

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book, Serial / periodical

Publication Details

London: T.Fisher Unwin, first publ.1888 new augmented edn London anmd New York: J.Lane, 1903

Provenance

borrowed (other)
passed on by author's son to Conrad, for attention of H.G.Wells


Source Information:

Record ID:

20358

Source:

Print

Author:

Joseph Conrad

Editor:

Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies)

Title:

The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 3, 1903-1907

Place of Publication:

Cambridge

Date of Publication:

1988

Vol:

3

Page:

43

Additional Comments:

Letter to H.G.Wells dated Saturday 4th or 11th July? 1903, Pent Farm.

Citation:

Joseph Conrad, Frederick R. Karl (and Laurence Davies) (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 3, 1903-1907, (Cambridge, 1988), 3, p. 43, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=20358, accessed: 25 June 2024


Additional Comments:

See also fn.3, p.43 of source text. Richard Garnett (1835-1906) the father of Edward Garnett, was formerly Keeper of Printed Books at the British Museum, and wrote numerous scholarly papers and books as well as this collection of short stories. Internal evidence in the letter implies that Conrad was referring to the new 1903 edition.

   
   
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