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“I had literally forgotten what happiness was, and the full mind”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1891.] To Bob Stevenson [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 10-12] Saranac Lake, Adirondacks, New York, U.S.A. [Early October 1887] … Continue reading

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“Bar the dam bareness of the bass, it looks like a piece of real music from a distance”

RLS began studying the piano and composition in 1886. His arrangements and compositions include more than 120 pieces. The piece mentioned in this letter is RLS’s opus 2, ‘The Shoehorn’. We know from his essay Rosa Quo Locorum (1888) that … 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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I vote for separations

As the ways and restrictions of a settled invalid were repugnant to RLS’s character and instincts, so were the life and society of a regular invalid station depressing and uncongenial to him. He determined, accordingly, to avoid settling in one … Continue reading

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Art and marriage are two very good stand-bys

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 915.] To Charles Baxter [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 77-78] [Chalet am Stein, Davos], 22nd February ’82. My dear … Continue reading

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The tales are all ghastly

At Kinniard Cottage, Pitlochry, Perthshire, RLS was for some weeks in good health and working order. His mother described the house in a letter as ‘a nice little Highland cottage with a pleasant talkative mother to cook for us and … Continue reading

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I have tales enough to keep you going till five in the morning

The Athæneum of 27 September 1879 announced that RLS intended to publish a volume containing his essays from the Cornhill and London. The book finally would be published as Virginibus Puerisque by Kegan Paul in 1881. Henley was reviewing (The … Continue reading

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