Category Archives: Robert Louis Stevenson

“All this literary gossip I bestow upon you entre confrères, Miss Green”

Apparently in the guise of ‘Miss Green’, Miss Boodle had sent RLS (in the guise of Robin Lewison) an imaginary account of the discovery of the MS of an unknown novel in the garret of Sherryvore Cottage, Bournemouth. According to … Continue reading

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“Our civilisation is a hollow fraud, all the fun of life is lost by it”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2249.] To Elizabeth Fairchild [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 214-6] Union Club, Sydney [c. 1 September 1890] My … Continue reading

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“My report would be – no connection between standing stones and sepulture”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2247.] To Andrew Lang [Colvin 1911, 3, 209-10] Union Club, Sydney [late August 1890] My dear Lang, I observed … Continue reading

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“Sic veerin’ and steerin’! What port are ye neerin’?”

Excerpt of this letter had been quoted by Andrew Lang in a letter to H. Rider Haggard, with a copy made by Haggard of the verses. Lang had quoted RLS’s views on The World’s Desire by Haggard and Lang, published … Continue reading

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“In the matter of rhyme no man can judge himself”

This letter is in acknowledgment of proofs received from Scribner’s of a proposed volume of verse to contain, besides “Ticonderoga: A Legend of the West Highlands” and the two ballads “The Feast of Famine: Marquesan Manners” and “The Song of … Continue reading

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“Since my dear wild noble father died no head on earth is more precious to my thoughts than yours”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2240.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin, Memories and Notes, 1922, 146-7] Union Club, Sydney [August 1890] […] We … Continue reading

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“I was never fond of towns, houses, society, or (it seems) civilisation”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2239.]  To Henry James [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 204-6] Union Club, Sydney [19 August 1890] My dear Henry … Continue reading

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“If you would but take a fancy to translate a book of mine that I myself admired…”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2238.] To Marcel Schwob [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 206-9] Union Club, Sydney, August 19th 1890 My dear Mr. Schwob, Mais, alors, vous avez tous les bonheurs, vous! … Continue reading

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“My loneliness has a certain pleasure”

[For critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2235.] To Charles Baxter [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 199-202] Hotel Sebastopol, Noumea [late July 1890] My dear Charles, I have stayed here a week while Lloyd and my wife continue to … Continue reading

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“Is it possible for a man in Samoa to be in touch with the great heart of the People?”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2233.] To Edward L. Burlingame [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 193-9] S.S. Janet Nicoll off Peru Island, Kingsmills … Continue reading

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