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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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“Lord, what a silly thing is popularity!”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1881.] To Henry James [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 6-7] [Newport, 18 September 1887] My dear James, Here we are at Newport in the house of the good Fairchilds; and … Continue reading

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The most truculent advertisement I ever saw

RLS had been unable to finish for the Pall Mall Christmas number the tale he had first intended; had tried the publishers with Markheim (afterwards printed in the collection called Merry Men), which proved too short; had then furbished up … Continue reading

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I think of giving ’em literature without words; and I believe if you were to try invisible illustration, it would enjoy a considerable vogue

Will Hicock Low was at that time teacher of drawing in the Cooper Institute, NY. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1327.] … Continue reading

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If you don’t know that you have a good author, I know that I have a good publisher

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1304.] To Andrew Chatto [Colvin 1911, 2, 235] Wensleydale, Bournemouth, October 3, 1884. Dear Mr. Chatto, … Continue reading

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Looking forward through the clouds to the sunburst

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1140.] To William Ernest Henley [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 157-161] La Solitude, Hyères, September 19, 1883 Dear boy, … Continue reading

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Miss Havisham is, probably, the worst thing in human fiction

‘Cassandra’ was a nickname of RLS’s father for his daughter-in-law, Fanny.The scheme of a play to be founded on Dickens’s Great Expectations was one of a hundred formed in these days and afterwards given up. [Dots between square brackets indicate … Continue reading

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