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“Aubrey de Vere the poet has been to see me: in a front view, he is simply my father”

A fragment published in a catalogue of RLS’s manuscripts being sold in New York in 1921 [As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1690.] To his parents [Catalogue of Brick Row Bookshop, NY 1921, … Continue reading

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– Ah, monsieur, vous êtes bien jeune! –

In his recent days in Paris, RLS’s chivalrous feelings had been shocked by the scene in the Demi-Monde of Dumas fils, where Suzanne d’Ange is trapped by Olivier de Jalin. William Archer, the Scottish critic and writer, had asked RLS … Continue reading

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“I am so well that I am afraid to speak of it, being a coward as to boasting”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1684.] To Alison Cunningham [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 348-349] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Late August 1886] My dear Cummy, I am home from a long holiday, vastly better in … Continue reading

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“Vous avez à la main une petite bêtise assez mal ecrite, assez bien traduite”

Written on the fly-leaf of the French translation of Treasure Island, which RLS bought in Paris. RLS and Fanny stayed a week or 10 days in Paris with Will and Berthe Low. [For correct and critical edition of this letter, … Continue reading

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“Today I lunch with Richmond, and meet Burne-Jones; tonight Browning dines with us”

Having given up going to Scotland for a summer change, RLS had started on the ‘outing’ which took the shape of a ten days’ visit to Sidney Colvin’s house at the British Museum, followed by another made in the company … Continue reading

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“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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