Lot 201
  • 201

Conrad, Joseph

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  • Conrad, Joseph
  • Autograph letter signed, to Edward Garnett
  • paper
writing with pleasure at a letter of interest in his work from Cornhill magazine, asking for Garnett's opinion on his recently completed story 'The Idiots' ("...My friend speak the truth if you do tear my entrails through my palpitating flank! from you even torture is sweet..."), expressing his frustration at The Rescuer ("...I am gnawing my fingers over the end of it now..."), and mentioning health problems incurred during his time in the Congo, 3 pages, 12mo, [Ile-Grande, par Lannion, France] with autograph envelope date stamped 6 June 1896, [with] typescript transcription in headed stationery of the dealer Alwin J. Scheuer, NY, the second leaf of letter lacking blank lower half


Collected Letters, I, p.285

Catalogue Note

A letter of literary news written during Conrad's honeymoon. Struggling with the novel that would finally be published as The Rescue in 1920, Conrad was waiting anxiously for Garnett's verdict on his first short story. 'The Idiots' is a tale of rape, imbecility, murder, and suicide: "In all likelihood the bleakest story ever written during a honeymoon" (Stape, The Several Lives of Joseph Conrad, p.93).