Monthly Archives: May 2015

I shall give my mind at once to the Murder

Edmund Gosse and RLS had proposed to R.W. Gilder, of the Century Magazine, New York, that they should collaborate for him on a series of murder papers, beginning with the Elstree Murder; and he had accepted the proposal on terms … Continue reading

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I kept up as long as I could in an imitation of a street singer

RLS left Davos on December 18th, 1881, and went after Fanny to Berne, where she had consulted a doctor for her own illness. The next is after going down to meet his wife and stepson, when the former had left … Continue reading

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It looks like a kind of lamplit vicious fairyland behind me

Thomson and Johnson were joke characters created by RLS and Baxter when they they were students at the university of Edinburgh. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, … Continue reading

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A beautiful scene at night

The volume of RLS’s republished essays here mentioned is Familiar Studies of Men and Books. RLS had got testimonials from his acquaintances in support of his candidature for the Edinburgh History Chair (the thing went to nothing). ‘The silly story … Continue reading

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The weather has been hot and heartless and un-Davosy

This letter speaks of contributions to the Magazine of Art (in these years edited by RLS’s friend, W.E. Henley) from J.A. Symonds and from RLS himself, “Bunyan” meaning the essay on the cuts in Bagster’s edition of the Pilgrim’s Progress. … Continue reading

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It is a world full of surprises, a romantic world… I was known there; even I

The address, ‘Printing Office Davos’, was actually printed by LLoyd, RLS’s stepson, on much of the writing paper used at this period. Some of the habitual readers of Young Folks had written objecting to the early instalments of Treasure Island, … Continue reading

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It occurred to me last night in bed that I could write…

With all his throat and lung troubles actively renewed, RLS fled to Davos (Switzerland) again in October 1881. For this second winter he occupied with his wife and stepson a small chalet called ‘Villa am Stein’ on the hillside just … Continue reading

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