Category Archives: Robert Louis Stevenson

“The place does not suit her – it is my private opinion that no place does”

Miss Adelaide Ann Boodle (1858-1934), the lady at Bournemouth, had been trusted to keep an eye on RLS’s interests in connection with his house (Skerryvore Cottage), which had been let, and other matters, and to report thereon from time to … Continue reading

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“Bating bad memory and self-deception”

As already said, RLS was managing all his publishing arrangements himself, and an occasional lapse of memory or attention betrayed him into misunderstandings and conflicting agreements with two different publishers, both his friends, Charles Scribner and Samuel Sidney McClure. He … Continue reading

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“I am strangely disquieted on all political matters”

In September 1887 Mrs Jenkin had sent Fanny Stevenson an opal ring, in gratitude for RLS’s writing of the ‘Memoir’ of her husband, died in 1885. [As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1958.] … Continue reading

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“I get some work done every day with a devil of a heave”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1957.] To W.E. Henley [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 31-32] Saranac [c. 5 December 1887] My dear lad, I … Continue reading

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“A man who talks, not one who sings”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1950.] To John Addington Symonds [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 28-31] Saranac Lake, Adirondack Mountains, New York, U.S.A., November … Continue reading

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“In the purest innocence of mind”

At the date of the present letter RLS was managing all his publishing arrangements himself. An occasional lapse of memory or attention betrayed him once or twice into misunderstandings, and once at least conflicting agreements with two different publishers, both … Continue reading

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“Without suspense, there can be little pleasure in this world”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1945.] To Henry James [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 37-39] [Saranac Lake, c. 20 November 1887] My dear Henry James, It may please you to know how our … Continue reading

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