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Record Number: 28940


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'It is years since I have read "Candide" of course in French. I must tell you I have been immensely pleased by the particular quality of this translation.'
[Hence follow five lines of further praise for the translation.]

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 1919 and 10 May 1922

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

Bishopsbourne
Kent
Oswalds

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:

François-Marie Arouet Voltaire

Title:

Candide

Genre:

Fiction, Philosophy

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

London: F.B. Neumayer 1919, tgis edn. trans.by Dorset Chambers pseud. [i.e. Herman Irwell Woolf.

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

28940

Source:

Print

Author:

Joseph Conrad

Editor:

Laurence Davies, Owen Knowles, Gene Moore and J.H.Stape

Title:

The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 9, Uncollected Letters 1892-1923

Place of Publication:

Cambridge

Date of Publication:

2007

Vol:

9

Page:

242

Additional Comments:

Letter from Joseph Conrad to Borys Conrad, 10 May 1922, Oswalds.

Citation:

Joseph Conrad, Laurence Davies, Owen Knowles, Gene Moore and J.H.Stape (ed.), The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad Volume 9, Uncollected Letters 1892-1923, (Cambridge, 2007), 9, p. 242, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=28940, accessed: 13 June 2024


Additional Comments:

No evidence has been unearthed to indicate the dates of Conrad's first reading of "Candide" (1759), clearly many years before his reading of this translation. Hervouet (1990) comments in general on Voltaire's influence (p.252).

   
   
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