Academic journal article The Conradian : the Journal of the Joseph Conrad Society (U.K.)

An Unpublished Conrad Letter to F. N. Doubleday of 1914

Academic journal article The Conradian : the Journal of the Joseph Conrad Society (U.K.)

An Unpublished Conrad Letter to F. N. Doubleday of 1914

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WHEN CONRAD says in the letter below to his American publisher, Frank N. Doubleday, that "all my literary life has passed now into your hands," he meant it quite literally. In 1914, Doubleday, Page & Company not only brought out Chance, but was also laying the groundwork for acquiring the rights to all of Conrad's novels with the aim of publishing his collected works, an event delayed by the First World War but which would result, in 1921, in the twentyfour volume "Sun-Dial" Edition, named after the sundial at Doubleday's works in Garden City, Long Island.

The letter published here follows the conventions used in The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad, edited by Laurence Davies et. al. (1983-2007) and is printed by the kind permission of the Estate of Joseph Conrad, as represented by Cambridge University Press. Letters to Doubleday outside public collections are rare, the most significant collection of Conrad's correspondence with his publisher being preserved at The Firestone Library at Princeton University.

To F. N. Doubleday

Text MS Private Collection; Unpublished

Capel House

Orlestone

Nr. Ashford

28 March '14

Dear Mr. Doubleday

I was delighted to get the letter of your return from the Bahamas.1

You have no doubt by [now] discussed matters with Mr. Pinker. My feeling is that all my literary life has passed now into your hands to be made the most of not only for me but for those I will leave behind me. …

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