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“I am sorry I ever left England, for here there are no books to be had”

When the Stevensons left Bournemouth, Miss Boodle gave RLS a paper-cutter. He promised her gift should go to sea with him. That piece is probably the one now kept at Vailima Museum, Samoa. RLS wrote this letter in the character … Continue reading

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“Hasty reading is the fit precursor of hasty writing”

In his review in Nature Illustrated Journal of Science of 8 March 1888, P.G. T[ait] criticised RLS’s Memoir of Fleemin Jenkin saying that ‘the weird imagination of the writer has proved too much for him, and some of his “situations” … Continue reading

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“This experience awoke appetite”

Letter to the editor of Scribner’s Magazine. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2022.] To Edward L. Burlingame [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 52-53] [Saranac Lake, … Continue reading

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“I am weary of England; like Alan, ‘I weary for the heather,’ if not for the deer”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1667.] To his Father [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 345] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth] July 28, 1886 My dear … 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 should have to mark passages I fear, and certainly note pages on the fly

RLS had begun with great eagerness to prepare material for a volume on the Duke of Wellington for the series of English Worthies published by Longman and edited by his frined Andrew Lang, but beyond preparation the scheme never went. … Continue reading

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I fear my affections are not strong to my past works

The play of Deacon Brodie, the joint work of RLS and W.E. Henley, was to be performed in London early in July 1884. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical … Continue reading

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