Monthly Archives: August 2014

The trunk is the fun of it

The three “Rs” are, of course, reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic. RLS’s essay An Apology for Idlers was published in Cornhill Magazine for July 1877 and reprinted in Virginibus Puerisque, 1881. François Villon, Student, Poet and Housebreaker was in the same … Continue reading

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My boat culbutted me

The following incident is related in a well-known passage of RLS’s Inland Voyage (chapter ‘The Oise in flood’), his travelogue about a canoeing trip through France and Belgium in 1876, with his friend Sir Walter Simpson. That was also his … Continue reading

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There are times when people’s lives stand still

This dates from just before the canoeing trip with his friend Walter Simpson, recounted in An Inland Voyage. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see … Continue reading

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I shall make an article of it some day soon

Fontainebleau is the paper called Forest Notes which appeared in the Cornhill Magazine, edited by Sir Leslie Stephen, in May 1876 (and then reprinted in Essays of Travel). The Winter’s Walk, one of the most charming of RLS’s essays, was … Continue reading

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A concert wants to be gone to WITH some one

Fontainebleau is the paper called Forest Notes, afterwards printed in the Cornhill Magazine. Charles Hallé and Wilma Neruda Norman concluded their concert on 4 December 1875 with Beethoven’s Sonata in D for piano and Violin op. 12 no. 1. The … Continue reading

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Yesterday I was twenty-five

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 2, 425.] To Fanny Sitwell [Colvin 1911, 1, pp. 239-240] [Edinburgh, 17 Heriot Row, 14 November 1875.] My dear … Continue reading

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The future is thick with inky fingers

The Burns herein mentioned is the article undertaken for the Encyclopædia Britannica. In the end RLS’s work was thought to convey a view of the poet too frankly critical, and too little in accordance with the accepted Scotch tradition: the … Continue reading

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