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2012 - PHS Conrad Winner : Brygida Pudelko

 

In Search of a Perfect Form and Style: The Impact of Music and Painting on Turgenev and Conrad’s Art

While various personal factors often affected Conrad’s valuations of his own novels, a careful reading of his letters, prefaces and autobiographical essays indicates that he devoted much thought both to his own artistic means and to the art of the novel in general. This can also be applied to Turgenev who in his correspondence and Literary Reminiscences revealed much about himself that is of value in determining his own attitude to his art and literature in general. Many of Turgenev’s letters, and particularly those written to aspiring authors who had sent him their manuscripts, are full of sensitive and thoughtful observations on literature and art, both particular and general, relating to problems of literary craftsmanship...

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