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The romance ties precisely in the freeing of two spirits from these court intrigues

RLS’s novel, Prince Otto, was published in October 1885. The following refers to two reviews of it – one of them by Henley (in the Athenaeum of 21 November) which to the writer’s displeasure had been pruned by the editor … Continue reading

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‘His timbers yet are (indifferently) sound, and he may float again’

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1254.] To W.E. Henley [Covin 1911, 2, pp. 211-213] La Solitude, Hyères, April 20th, 1884 I … Continue reading

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To work two months, and rest the third

This correspondent was for many years head clerk and confidential assistant in the family firm at Edinburgh. The anecdote about Murdie’s uniform (first paragraph) could not be traced. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. … Continue reading

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No man can settle another’s life for him… each in turn must meet and beard the Sphynx

RLS left Davos on April 20th, 1882, with his wife and stepson. After some weeks in London, where RLS’s parents joyned them, (Fanny was unwell and RLS needed some rest), they were back to Edinburgh on May 20th. The following … Continue reading

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‘English, The: – a dull people, incapable of comprehending the Scottish tongue

Both Gosse’s article (The Poetic Phase in Modern English Art) and Meredith’s Story (The Tale of Chloe) were published in The New Quarterly Magazine for July 1879. RLS’s book just reviewed was Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes. This letter is contemporary with … 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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Vividness and not style is now my line

An excursion in the company of his parents to the Land’s End, Cornwall, in August 1877. The Sire de Maletroit’s Mousetrap was published in Temple Bar (Jan 1878) as The Sire de Maletroit’s Door and reprinted in New Arabian Nights … Continue reading

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