''My Dear Friend'': Further Letters to and about Joseph by Owen Knowles

By Owen Knowles

A sequel to A Portrait in Letters: Correspondence to and approximately Joseph Conrad (Rodopi, 1995), this quantity collects and annotates letters to Joseph Conrad by means of his relatives, buddies, admirers, and publishers. An necessary spouse to the writer's personal letters, it restores the standard of trade, interplay, and debate that belongs to an incredible correspondence. It additionally results in a fuller, extra rounded photograph of Conrad in his own dealings: either one of the mutualities and rituals that underpinned his shut friendships and of the phrases underlying his mutual disagreements with others. commonly used names are right here - Arnold Bennett, John Galsworthy, Edward Garnett, Ford Madox Ford, Bertrand Russell, and H. G. Wells - even though in principally unusual shape, via unpublished or inaccessible fabrics. one other impressive characteristic of the amount is the newly recovered correspondence with regards to the implementation, via Henry Newbolt and William Rothenstein, of the Royal Bounty Fund provide offered in the course of one among Conrad's such a lot serious monetary crises (1904-06). a vital source for the coed, this shiny assortment can be learn with excitement through the overall reader for the sunshine it throws on Conrad the fellow and author and the wealthy context during which he moved.

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Where did the man pick up that style, and that synthetic way of gathering up a general impression & flinging it at you? Not only his style, but his attitude, affected me deeply. He is so consciously an artist. Now Kipling isn’t an artist a bit. 3 He is a great writer but not an artist. There are only about six artists among our prominent novelists. George Moore is one, though he writes, on the surface, damnably. But he can see like a poet. I greatly admire George Moore. If George Moore had been a South Sea trader & had learned grammar etc, he would have treated the sea as Conrad has treated it.

SCHWAB (1922– ) was for most of his career a professor of English at California State University at Long Beach, retiring in 1980. William Marston SEABURY (1878–1949) was an American film lawyer, General Counsel to the Motion Picture Board of Trade and the National Association of the Motion Picture Industry. His works include The Public and the Motion Picture (1926) and Motion Picture Problems: The Cinema and the League of Nations (1929). Fanny Markovna STEPNIAK (née Lichkus, 1855–1945) was the wife of Sergei Stepniak (né Kravchinsky), the self-styled “revolutionary scourge” who had fled Russia in 1880 after assassinating the St Petersburg Chief of Police and settled in Britain in 1884.

Dear Rothenstein, I am sorry that I cannot report to you complete success with regard to Conrad, but I do not think there has been any failure either. The Prime Minister has, naturally, been so excessively busy that he has not been able to go into the matter exhaustively. But he is very well disposed, and he has started north with three of Mr Conrad’s books in his travelling-bag. He has, as I think I told you, a great reluctance to pensioning novelists, and I think that broadly speaking is right.

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