I am so accustomed to hear nonsense spoken about all the arts

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1359.]

To Henry Arthur Jones [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 261]

Bonallie Towers, Bournemouth, Dec. 30, 1884

Dear Sir,

I am so accustomed to hear nonsense spoken about all the arts, and the drama in particular, that I cannot refrain from saying ‘Thank you’ for your paper.


Henry Arthur Jones (1851-1929), one of the best known dramatist of the period, scored an immense success with ‘The Silver King’ (1882) and ‘Saints and Sinners’ (Sept 1884) [http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com]

In my answer to Mr James, in the December Longman, you may see that I have merely touched, I think in a parenthesis, on the drama; but I believe enough was said to indicate our agreement in essentials.


Henry James (1843-1915). RLS’s essay, ‘A Humble Remonstrance’, had just appeared in Longman’s Magazine. James wrote holding out the prospect of a continuance of the friendly controversy which had thus been opened up between them on the aims and qualities of fiction [www.loyola.edu]


RLS’s essay on Longman’s Magazine for Dec 1884 [https://babel.hathitrust.org]


Wishing you power and health to further enunciate and to act upon these principles, believe me, dear sir, yours truly,

Robert Louis Stevenson

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