Monthly Archives: June 2014

O, when shall I find the story of my dreams?

Ch.E. C.B. Appleton was the editor of the literary journal Academy,1869-79. The Portfolio paper about Scotland and England: project never carried out; thoughts on the subject ultimately appeared in ‘The Foreigner at home’, CornhillMagazine, 1882. [As usual, dots between square … Continue reading

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I have been all yesterday evening and this forenoon in Italy, four hundred years ago

Clarice Campobello Sinico (b. 1840), Italian soprano, sang Beethoven’s aria op. 65 ‘Ah perfido spergiuro!’ (text by Metastasio) at the Edinburgh Choral Union’s concert on 4 January 1875. The Portfolio article here mentioned is An Autumn Effect (publ. April 1875). … Continue reading

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Winter seen from the inside of a warm greatcoat

The ‘Buckinghamshire affair’ refers to RLS’s essay ‘An Autumn Effect’, published in the Portfolio, April and May 1875. Maurice de Guérin (1810-1839) was a French poet and mystic who won recognition after his death with the publication of his Journal … Continue reading

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The moving lanterns were shaken to and fro, as if in a wind

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 2, 339]. To Fanny Sitwell [Colvin 1912, pp. 96-97] [Edinburgh, 13 December, 1874,] Sunday. I was never more sorry … Continue reading

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I have never been in a revolution yet

Katharine Elizabeth Alan Stevenson de Mattos (1851-1939) was RLS’s cousin and Bob Stevenson’s sister. RLS and Katharine played together when they were children. He will dedicate Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde to her. The verses are quoted from Théophile Gautier’s … Continue reading

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Away to the ends of the earth, and the furthest star, and the blank regions of nothing

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 2, 330].  To Fanny Sitwell [Colvin 1911, pp. 194-198] [Edinburgh] Sunday [1 November 1874]. Here is my long story: … Continue reading

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I find my stories affect me rather more perhaps than is wholesome

No one of the stories mentioned here will turn out according to RLS’s dream and desire at its first conception, or even will be preserved for use afterwards as the foundation of riper work. “Clytie” is the famous Roman bust … Continue reading

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