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“Ce n’est pas moi qui tiens la plume – c’est l’autre, le bête”

Written after a visit to Colvin in London, in October 1886, which had been cut short by fogs. Auguste Rodin had sent to RLS a plaster cast of ‘Eternel printemps’, to thank him for his letter defending him against the … Continue reading

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“The public are weary of statues that say nothing”

The letter was published in The Times of 6 September 1886. It is a reply to an attack on Auguste Rodin. The painter Edward Armitage had contributed several letters to that newspaper, writing that he believed the rejection of Rodin’s … Continue reading

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“It is a far finer thing to be in love, or to risk a danger, than to paint the finest picture or write the noblest book”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1642.] To Harriet Monroe [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 335-338] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, 30 June 1886] My dear … Continue reading

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I do not like mankind; but men, and not all of these

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1510.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 311-315] Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Jan. 2nd, 1886 My dear … Continue reading

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To me, the medicine bottles on my chimney and the blood on my handkerchief are accidents; they do not colour my view of life… they do not exist in my prospect

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1484.] To William Archer [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 299-302] Skerryvore, Bournemouth [30 October 1885] Dear Mr. Archer, You will see that I had already had a sight of your … Continue reading

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My heart and all my interest are with the dweller, that ancient of days and day-old infant, man

The paper referred to in this letter is one which William Archer wrote over his own signature (‘RLS: His Style and his Thought’) in the November number of Time, a magazine already extinct at the time of Colvin’s edition of … Continue reading

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It is bad enough to have to live by an art – but to think to live by an art combined with commercial speculation – that way madness lies

About Easter 1885, RLS and Fanny entered into occupation of a house of their own, given by Thomas Stevenson as a special gift to his daughter-in-law, and renamed Skerryvore, in reminiscence of one of the great lighthouse works carried out … Continue reading

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