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“It looks like a mixture of an aztec idol, a lion, an Indian Rajah, and a woman”

RLS’s parents had been thinking of trying a winter at Bournemouth for the sake of being near their son, a plan which was eventually carried out. His health was now fast and painfully breaking. [As usual, dots between square brackets … 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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“Happiness is a question of morality – or of immorality, there is no difference – and conviction”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1571.] To John Addington Symonds [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 322-325] Skerryvore, Bournemouth [Early March 1886] My … 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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I believe in playing dark with second and third-rate work

RLS was beginning to realise that work at play-writing in collaboration with Henley was doing much more to exhaust his strength than to replenish either of their purses, and Henley, who had built hopes of fame and fortune on their … Continue reading

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The marks of a reader, such as one imagines for oneself in dreams, thoughtful, critical, and kind

An anonymous review of the Child’s Garden of Verses, appearing in the Pall Mall Gazette for March 1885, gave RLS so much pleasure that he wrote (in the four words, ‘Now who are you?’) to inquire the name of its … Continue reading

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When I feel with what marvellous kindness the wind has been tempered to my frailties…

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1409.] To Philip Gilbert Hamerton [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 274-276] Bournemouth, March 16, 1885 My dear Hamerton, Various things have been reminding me of my misconduct: First, … Continue reading

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