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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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The most truculent advertisement I ever saw

RLS had been unable to finish for the Pall Mall Christmas number the tale he had first intended; had tried the publishers with Markheim (afterwards printed in the collection called Merry Men), which proved too short; had then furbished up … Continue reading

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The bold unfearing chap / Aims at a professorial cap

Another letter referring to the candidature of RLS for the Edinburgh History Chair. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 814.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin … Continue reading

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Here I am living like a fighting-cock

RLS, hard at work upon Providence and the Guitar, New Arabian Nights, and Travels with a Donkey, was occupying for a few days Sidney Colvin’s rooms at Trinity College, Cambridge, in his friend’s absence. The college buildings and gardens, the … Continue reading

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The trunk is the fun of it

The three “Rs” are, of course, reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic. RLS’s essay An Apology for Idlers was published in Cornhill Magazine for July 1877 and reprinted in Virginibus Puerisque, 1881. François Villon, Student, Poet and Housebreaker was in the same … Continue reading

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I find my stories affect me rather more perhaps than is wholesome

No one of the stories mentioned here will turn out according to RLS’s dream and desire at its first conception, or even will be preserved for use afterwards as the foundation of riper work. “Clytie” is the famous Roman bust … Continue reading

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