Monthly Archives: May 2015

For ladies’ love I once was fit, / But now am rather out of it

RLS’s uncle, Dr. George Balfour, had recommended him to use a specially contrived and hideous respirator for the inhalation of pine-oil. The ‘pirate doctor’ in the poem is Henley’s doctor, Zebulon Mennell (b. 1820). [As usual, dots between square brackets … Continue reading

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I love writing boys’ books. This first is only an experiment

This tells of the farther progress of Treasure Island, of the price paid for it, and of the modest hopes with which it was launched. Alexander Japp had proposed to offer the story for publication to the editor of Young … Continue reading

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It still gives me a list to starboard (let us be ever nautical!)

Alexander Hay Japp (1837-1905), Scottish author, journalist and publisher, had paid his visit at Braemar as proposed, and listened delightedly to the first chapters of Treasure Island (then entitled The Sea Cook). He had proposed to offer the story for … Continue reading

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You just indulge the pleasure of your heart, that’s all; no trouble, no strain

The following records the beginning of work upon Treasure Island, the name originally proposed for which was the Sea Cook. Lloyd (Fanny’s son, then aged 13) on holiday from school had joined the Stevensons at Braemar. Treasure Island had its … Continue reading

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