Monthly Archives: November 2015

Looking forward through the clouds to the sunburst

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1140.] To William Ernest Henley [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 157-161] La Solitude, Hyères, September 19, 1883 Dear boy, … Continue reading

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Love, poetry and music, and the Arabian Nights, inhabit just my corner of the world – nest there like mavises

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1139.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 183-184] La Solitude, Hyères [? 19 September 1883] … Continue reading

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They say Walter is gone

Soon after he was settled again at Hyères, RLS had a great shock in the death (of alcoholism) of one of the oldest and most intimate of his friends of Edinburgh days, James Walter Ferrier. See RLS’s essay Old Mortality … Continue reading

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Ceci n’est qu’un serrement de main, from the bottom of my heart

This friend was the keeper of the inn and restaurant where RLS had boarded at Monterey, California, in the autumn of 1879. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition … Continue reading

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Art is a mill whose thirlage, in different ages, widens and contracts

The first part of the following refers to contributions of RLS to the Magazine of Art under Henley’s editorship. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew … Continue reading

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The truth is I have no appearance; a certain air of disreputability is the one constant character that my face presents: the rest change like water

During the height of the Provençal summer, 1883, RLS went with his wife to the Baths of Royat in Auvergne (travelling necessarily by way of Clermont-Ferrand, Hôtel de la Poste). His parents joined them at Royat for part of their … Continue reading

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I have had to go full-tilt at tushery for a while

‘Tushery’ had been a name in use between RLS and Henley for romances of the Ivanhoe type. He now applies it to his own tale of the Wars of the Roses, The Black Arrow, written for Young Folks. RLS began … Continue reading

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