JOSEPH CONRAD ANNOUNCES THAT HE HAS JUST FINISHED A 120,000 WORD NOVEL — MOST PROBABLY UNDER WESTERN EYES, WHICH WAS PUBLISHED IN 1911
CONRAD, JOSEPH (1857-1924) Polish-born British novelist who is regarded as one of the greatest of English novelists; authored: Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, The Secret Agent, and Typhoon, among many others. Good Autograph Letter Signed, “Jph. Conrad” on his imprinted Capel House, Orlestone, Nr Ashford correspondence card. No date, but circa 1911. Two full pages, 12mo. To: ‘Dear Mr. Chapman’. Conrad writes:
“Many thanks for the book. I can’t begin to read it till I have finished revising my own little tale of words (about 120 000) which I have only completed a week ago. Very kind of you to remember me in that friendly way. I never supposed you were thinking of a ‘quotable notice’. Why should I hatch injurious thoughts about men whom I respect? If you see Garnett do please give him my love. Yours sincerely — Jph Conrad”.
An attractive letter in fine condition with a good literary reference to one of Conrad’s ‘better’ novels.