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My heart and all my interest are with the dweller, that ancient of days and day-old infant, man

The paper referred to in this letter is one which William Archer wrote over his own signature (‘RLS: His Style and his Thought’) in the November number of Time, a magazine already extinct at the time of Colvin’s edition of … Continue reading

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Do not forget that even as ‘laborare’, so ‘joculari’, est orare; and to be happy the first step to being pious

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1204.] To his parents [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 192-193] La Solitude [c. 23 December, 1883] My … Continue reading

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I loathe the snails, but from loathing to actual butchery, trucidation of multitudes, there is still a step that I hesitate to take

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1101.] To his parents [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 133-134] La Solitude, Hyères, May 8, 1883 My dear people, … Continue reading

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A phrase of three members is the outside of my syntax

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1079.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 131-132] Chalet la Solitude, Hyères [? March 1883] … Continue reading

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Miss Havisham is, probably, the worst thing in human fiction

‘Cassandra’ was a nickname of RLS’s father for his daughter-in-law, Fanny.The scheme of a play to be founded on Dickens’s Great Expectations was one of a hundred formed in these days and afterwards given up. [Dots between square brackets indicate … Continue reading

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The Journals and Private Correspondence of David, King of Israel

The following flight of fancy refers to supposed errors of judgment on the part of an eminent firm of publishers (Cassell’s), with whom RLS had at this time no connection. Very soon afterwards he entered into pleasant relations with them … Continue reading

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The mere extent of a man’s travels has in it something consolatory

RLS had made friends with the American writer Charles Warren Stoddard, in the manner and amid the scenes faithfully described in The Wrecker, in the chapter called ‘Faces on the City Front.’ Stoddard (1843-1909) had written on 9 November 1880 … Continue reading

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