Monthly Archives: May 2016

I am not sure that my incapacity to work is wholly due to illness

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1322.] To W.E. Henley [Colvin 1912, p. 197] Bonallie Towers, Bournemouth, November 11, 1884. Dear boy, I have … Continue reading

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It is the mark of the parochial gentleman who has never travelled to find all wrong in a foreign land

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1320.] To W.E. Henley [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 239-240] Bournemouth, [c. 10] November 1884 Dear Henley, … Continue reading

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Fame is (truly) a vapour; do not think of it

From mid-November 1884 to mid-April 1885 RLS and his wife were tenants of a house named Bonallie Towers, pleasantly situated amid the pinewoods of Branksome Park, Bournemouth, and by its name recalling familiar Midlothian associations (Bonaly was an area on … Continue reading

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These conventional, rigid, and egg-dancing arts

In reply to a gift of books, including the correspondent’s wellknown translation of Sophocles. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1314.] To … Continue reading

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It seems to me even dangerous to send patients to the Riviera, without special hints

Horace Benge Dobell was an English doctor and medical writer, Physician at the Royal Hospital for Diseases of the Chest, London (1859-1875), and later consulting physician at the Mont Dore sanitorium for patients with chest diseases at Bournemouth. In his … Continue reading

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If you don’t know that you have a good author, I know that I have a good publisher

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1304.] To Andrew Chatto [Colvin 1911, 2, 235] Wensleydale, Bournemouth, October 3, 1884. Dear Mr. Chatto, … Continue reading

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It blows an equinoctial gale. Nimbus Britannicus; piping wind, lashing rain

RLS was compelled to abandon the hope of making his permanent home at Hyères, partly by the renewed failure there of his own health, partly by a bad outbreak of cholera which occurred in the old Provençal town about the … Continue reading

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