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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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This is not a gay way to pass Christmas, is it?

Fanny Vandegrift obtained her divorce from Samuel Osbourne in Oakland, Ca., on 12 December 1879. The Emigrant is of course The Amateur Emigrant, the account of RLS’s journey to California, then still in draft. The “novel” should be A Vendetta … Continue reading

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It is pleasant to be thus most at home abroad

P.G. Hamerton was an English painter, art critic, author and editor of The Portfolio periodical. The following refers to his candidature, which was not successful, for the Professorship of Fine Art at Edinburgh. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate … 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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Read and enjoyed right round upon the other side of the big Football

This correspondent, living at the time in Australia, was probably the first to write and seek RLS’s acquaintance from admiration of his work, meaning especially the Cornhill essays of the Virginibus Puerisque series so far as they had yet appeared, … Continue reading

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The future is thick with inky fingers

The Burns herein mentioned is the article undertaken for the Encyclopædia Britannica. In the end RLS’s work was thought to convey a view of the poet too frankly critical, and too little in accordance with the accepted Scotch tradition: the … Continue reading

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