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Conrad, Joseph
Autograph Letter Signed to "My dear [Sidney] Colvin," about André Gide
1915. [Conrad cites "Heart of Darkness"] No place [but Capel House, Orlestone], no date [but 1914-1916?]. Two pages (both sides of one unprinted leaf). The text of this letter reads: I can't really give a detailed or even apprxly correct list of translators. Generally it is the band of the men asso'ted with the N[ouve]lle Revue Française. But they are all serving now and the original distribution of work has been altered. But Chance is being translated now by Mme Rivière under Gide's own supervision. Gide has reserved for himself _Youth_ and _Heart of Darkness_. The war has upset the arrangements and delayed the whole thing. I will be writing to Gide before long. He's now resting in the country near the sea. Ever yours [signed] J. Conrad. Sir Sidney Colvin (1845-1927) was an art professor and literary critic who was a loyal friend to numerous authors (notably Robert Louis Stevenson 20-30 years earlier); clearly he had inquired about the status of translation into French of Conrad's works. The younger French writer André Gide (1869-1951) had in 1908 co-founded the French literary magazine Nouvelle Revue Française (referred to in this letter). He and Conrad had met in we believe 1911; they were not friends but rather they were two writers each of whom was trying to use the other to further his own reputation. Just as the war began, Gide was looking into creating, with the French publisher Gallimard, a set of Conrad's works translated into French (Conrad's second language, after Polish; English was his third). Due to the interruption … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman [ABAA] [Yarmouth, ME, U.S.A.]

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