Category Archives: Robert Louis Stevenson

“… staccato, I think. Then you sail into the musette”

  [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1789.] To Anne Jenkin [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 329-331]  [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, ? 7 April 1887] My dear … Continue reading

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“Yours financially, Samuel Budgett”

Will Low and his wife, who were at this time leaving Italy and France for good, had been meditating a visit to the Stevensons at Bournemouth on their way home to the United States. Low had asked RLS if he … Continue reading

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“Je me croyais trop vieux – au moins trop quarante-ans – pour faire de nouveaux amis”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1769.] To Auguste Rodin [Colvin 1912, p. 225] Skerryvore, Bournemouth, February, 1887 Mon cher ami, Je vous néglige, et cependant ce n’est véritablement pas de ma faute. J’ai fait … Continue reading

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“But the odd problem is: what makes a story true?”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1766.] To Lady Taylor [Colvin 1912, pp. 222-223] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, c. 22 February, 1887] My dear Lady Taylor, I don’t know but what I agree fairly well … Continue reading

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“Bar the dam bareness of the bass, it looks like a piece of real music from a distance”

RLS began studying the piano and composition in 1886. His arrangements and compositions include more than 120 pieces. The piece mentioned in this letter is RLS’s opus 2, ‘The Shoehorn’. We know from his essay Rosa Quo Locorum (1888) that … Continue reading

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“There is but one truth, outside science, the truth that comes of an earnest, smiling survey of mankind”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1751.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1912, pp. 225-227] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Early February 1887] My dear Colvin, … Continue reading

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“Some day the wind may round to the right quarter and we may meet”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1750.] To Frederick Locker-Lampson [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 362] Skerryvore, Bournemouth, February 5th, 1887 My dear Locker, Here I am in my bed as usual, and it is indeed … Continue reading

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