Monthly Archives: September 2015

And now – I find I have only got a pair of walking-shoes and not yet begun to travel

The paper referred to at the beginning of the second paragraph is one on RLS in the Century Magazine, the first seriously critical notice, says Low, which appeared of him in the States. Henry Holt advertised New Arabian Nights as … Continue reading

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The garden, which is above, is lovely, and will be cool in summer

From Marseilles, RLS and Fanny returned as far as Hyeres, a winter resort 11 miles east of Toulon and 3 miles inland from the sea. They stayed there through the greater part of February 1883, at the Hôtel des Îles … Continue reading

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The only person who will really understand it

In the course of January 1883, RLS and his wife came safely at Marseilles and Nice, Where the author’s health quickly mended. [As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1061.] To Alison Cunningham [Colvin … Continue reading

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I took up the wondrous tale and steered the ship through

RLS here narrates in his own fashion by what generalship he at last got rid of the house at Campagne Defli (Saint-Marcel, Marseille) without having to pay compensation as his wife expected. ‘If it had not been the agent, may … Continue reading

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We have had many other wild misadventures

RLS’s wife extremely vivid and charteristic account of the weird misadventures that befell the pair during their retreat from St. Marcel, Marseille, in search of a healthier home. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, … Continue reading

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Forbidden … even to play Patience, that last of civilised amusements

As a young art student, Arthur Trevor Haddon (1864-1941), English portrait painter, had written to RLS after reading his essay on Walt Whitman. He won a scholarship at the Slade School in 1883. The Edinburgh Courant reported RLS’s illness and … Continue reading

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