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Jessie Conrad Letters

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: KM
Date: Dec 1996

Biographical History

Jessie Conrad (1873-1936) was the wife of Polish-born English novelist Joseph Conrad, best known for his novels Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Jessie Conrad Letters comprise three items of correspondence written by the wife of British novelist Joseph Conrad (1857-1924). In a letter to a Mr. Sandeman, written shortly after her husband's death, Jessie Conrad writes:

We are leaving this house [Oswalds, Bishopsbourne] next month but for many reasons and mostly because his resting place is in Canterbury. I wish to remain close at hand. I would like you to see the boys, also my little grandson. If you wished to come to see us here we would be very pleased to see you. I feel I would like to see all his friends.

The single letter to Peter Somerville is a response to an inquiry about Mrs. Stephen Crane. The third letter is to a Mr.Partridge.

Arrangement of the Collection



Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

See also the Joseph Conrad Collection.

Subject Headings


Conrad, Jessie.
Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924.


English literature.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Jessie Conrad Letters,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The Sandeman letter was removed from a first edition of Ford Madox Ford's Joseph Conrad: A Personal Remembrance (London: Duckworth, 1924), which bears the bookplate of Timothy W. Sandeman. Transfer from Rare Books, 1970.

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