Monthly Archives: June 2017

“The works of Ludwig van Beethoven arranged and wiederdurchgearbeiteted for two melodious forefingers”

During the Summer 1886, RLS was very much taken up with trying to learn something of the theory and practice of music, and spent much of his time ‘pickling,’ as he called it, in an elementary manner on the piano. … Continue reading

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“Don’t you remember the poisoning with mushrooms?”

Anticipating the gift of a cupboard from his old nurse Cummy and answering the questions set on his last letter to her. [As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1670.] To Alison Cunningham [Colvin … Continue reading

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“I am weary of England; like Alan, ‘I weary for the heather,’ if not for the deer”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1667.] To his Father [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 345] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth] July 28, 1886 My dear … Continue reading

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“I warn you, you will have to cast back your eyes a good long way, close upon thirty years”

RLS was always interested by his own retentiveness of memory for childish things, and here asks her old nurse, Cummy, some questions to test the quality of hers. [For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1661.] … Continue reading

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