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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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Telling the story, not with the one eye of pity, but with the two of pity and mirth

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1266.] To W.E. Henley [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 218-219] La Solitude, Hyères [Late April 1884] Dear boy, […] … Continue reading

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Dear reader, I deceive you with husks, the real works and all the pleasure are still mine and incommunicable

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1232.] To William Ernest Henley [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 145-147] La Solitude, Hyères [c. 13 March 1884] Dear … Continue reading

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Art is a mill whose thirlage, in different ages, widens and contracts

The first part of the following refers to contributions of RLS to the Magazine of Art under Henley’s editorship. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew … Continue reading

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Up will rise on the other side, sane, pleasurable, human knowledge: a thing of beauty and a joy

  ‘Bummkopf’ was RLS’s name for the typical pedant (German or other). ‘A wicked and adulterous generation’ quotes Matthew 16:4. Burns is the Cornhill essay, not the rejected Encyclopædia Britannica  article. The story mentioned at the end of this letter … Continue reading

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I was an Archangel once

The expression ‘coign of vantage’ is from Macbeth I, VI, 7. The ‘ineffable aurore’ is from V. Hugo’s L’Année Terrible, 1872. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition … Continue reading

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