Papers of, and relating to, Joseph Conrad

Scope and Content

Papers of, and relating to, Joseph Conrad comprising:

  • letters to Hodgson & Co., 1919-35, n.d., including ten from Joseph Conrad, 1919-24; six from Jessie Conrad, 1926-35; seven from Richard Curle, 1922-6; and a manuscript draft of Curle's preface to Hodgson's Conrad sale catalogue, 13 Mar. 1925
  • newspaper cuttings of obituaries and appreciations of Conrad, 1924
  • a facsimile [made in 1928?] of pages from the manuscript of 'The Tale'
  • amended typescript of 'A Warrior's Soul'
  • typescript copies of fifty-four letters from Conrad to T. Fisher-Unwin, 1894-1904, n.d., made by J.E. Hodgson in 1928 from original letters in the Conrad sale at Hodgson's, 11 May 1928
  • photocopies of 12 unpublished letters, 1895-1904, made from the above typescripts by Norma Dalrymple-Champneys for an unwritten article, 1990. Copies of the twelve letters were subsequently given to the editors of The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad
  • two undated photographs of drawings given by Jessie Conrad to J.E. Hodgson. A sketch by Conrad, 'Old Peyrol' [the original is in the Beinecke Library, Yale], and a drawing of Conrad by Sargent, 1911, later said to be a forgery
  • newspaper cuttings relating to sales of Conrad's manuscripts, letters and books, 1925, 1928
  • the following articles and reviews relating to Conrad: J.G. Sutherland, 'At war in a Q Brigantine. When Mr Conrad went U-Boat chasing', The Navy, Oct. 1920; Richard Curle, 'Tales of hearsay. (Conrad's posthumous volume)', The Blue Peter [Feb. 1925]; Edmund Blunden, 'A Conrad repository', London Mercury, Dec. 1927
  • a photocopy of an article by M.L. Turner concerning Conrad, Wise and Bodleian MS. Eng. misc. e. 578 [The Book Collector, XV (66) pp. 350-1].

Administrative / Biographical History

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) was a novelist. See the Dictionary of National Biography for details.

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Acquisition Information

Given to the Library through the Friends of the Bodleian in 1994.


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

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