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“Always cutting the flesh off the bones”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2011.] To William Archer [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 50-51] Saranac, [c. 12] February 1888 My dear Archer, … Continue reading

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“This harsh, grey, glum, doleful climate has done me good”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2009.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 54-55] [Saranac Lake, 6 or 7 February 1888] My dear Colvin, … Continue reading

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“Lloyd and I have got breakfast, and my hand somewhat shakes after washing dishes”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2006.] To Edward L. Burlingame [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 52-53] [Saranac Lake, 6 February 1888] Dear Mr Burlingame, 1. Of course then don’t use it. Dear Man, … Continue reading

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“The remainder of a joint of mutton”

At this time, there was no railway right into the village, and the freshness of supplies could not always be guaranteed. Thirty years later the recipient of the note presented it to the Stevenson Society: it is still kept in … Continue reading

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“That was how the tale came to me however… I joined the two ends in a day or two of constant feverish thought, and began to write”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2001.] To Henry James [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 57-59] [Saranac Lake, Late January 1888] My dear delightful … Continue reading

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“Prince Otto was originally a tragedy, and, by my sooth! in blank verse”

Gerald Gurney and T.B. Thalberg were adapting on the stage RLS’s novel, Prince Otto. [For critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2000.] To Gerald Gurney [The Academy, 19 May 1900, p. 419] Saranac Lake [? January 1888] Dear … Continue reading

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“The scene of that romance… it jumps like a flea”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1994.] To Edward L. Burlingame [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 46-48] Saranac Lake, [6 January 1888] Dear Mr. … Continue reading

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