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“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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“I have never called my verses poetry: they are verse, the verse of a speaker not a singer”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1909.] To William Sharp [E. Sharp, W. Sharp: A Memory, 1910, pp. 138-139] [Saranac Lake, ? Mid-October 1887] Dear Mr. Sharp, What is the townsman’s blunder? — though I … Continue reading

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We have a wonderful fair wood-music round this Solitude of ours

Soon after the date of the following letter, Miss Ferrier (born in Edinburgh in 1844) went out to Hyères and stayed with her friends through the trying weeks which followed. Her brother Walter, one of RLS’s oldest and most intimate … Continue reading

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In Arabia… me they would denominate the “Father of Bones”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1184.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1912, pp. 171-172] [Chalet la Solitude, Hyères, Late November 1883] Colvin, … Continue reading

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I have had to go full-tilt at tushery for a while

‘Tushery’ had been a name in use between RLS and Henley for romances of the Ivanhoe type. He now applies it to his own tale of the Wars of the Roses, The Black Arrow, written for Young Folks. RLS began … Continue reading

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We found the place a bed of lilacs and nightingales (first time I ever heard one)

On the way home from Switzerland to Scotland RLS had stopped for a while at Fontainebleau, and then in Paris; whence, finding himself unpleasantly affected by the climate, he presently took refuge at St. Germain-en-Laye. That was the fifth cholera … Continue reading

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Flush-faced they played with old polysyllables

At Davos, the following experiment in Horatian alcaics was suggested by conversations with Horatio (!) F. Brown (historian specialised in the history of Venice) and J.A. Symonds (historian of the Italian Renaissance), on metrical forms, followed by the despatch of … Continue reading

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