Monthly Archives: October 2015

If you could see my roses, and my aloes, and my fig-marigolds, and my olives…

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1105.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 135-136] La Solitude, Hyères-les-Palmiers, Var [May 20, 1883] … Continue reading

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I loathe the snails, but from loathing to actual butchery, trucidation of multitudes, there is still a step that I hesitate to take

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1101.] To his parents [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 133-134] La Solitude, Hyères, May 8, 1883 My dear people, … Continue reading

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S’agit de la désenterrer. ‘Help!’ cries a buried masterpiece

The character of the Countess, in Prince Otto, was inspired by the Russian princess met in Mentone in 1874: “The Countess von Rosen, I have; I’ll never tell you who she is; it’s a secret; but I have known the … Continue reading

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A hundred jingling, tingling, golden, minted quid

The agreement, with Cassell’s for Tresure Island outright was signed on 2 June 1883. It provided for the payment of £50 on signature and a further £50 when the book was passed for press. RLS was to receive a royalty … Continue reading

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My soul sickens at the look of a quarto. I want a refined octavo

RLS was beginning to send home some of the MS of AChild’s Garden of Verses, the title of which had not yet been settled. The pieces as first numbered are in a different order from that afterwards adopted, but the … Continue reading

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Of course there is love-making in ‘Otto’, and indeed a good deal of it

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1092.] To W.E. Henley [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 128-129] [Chalet la Solitude, Hyères, 30 April 1883] […] My … Continue reading

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This is the first real grey hair in my character: rapacity had begun to show, the greed of the protuberant guttler

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1086.] To Fanny Sitwell [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 129-131] Chalet la Solitude, Hyères [April 1883] My dear friend, … Continue reading

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