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A childish treble note that sounds in my ears freshly; not song, if you will, but a child’s voice

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1403.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 269-272] Bonallie Tower, Bournemouth, March 12, 1885 My … Continue reading

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The optimistic Stevenson

As a young art student, Arthur Trevor Haddon (1864-1941), English portrait painter, had won a scholarship at the Slade School in 1883. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition … Continue reading

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In not many years shall we not all be clay-cold and safe below ground, you with your loud-mouthed integrity, I with my fastidious briskness

This refers to some dispute which had arisen between Henley and the editor W.H. Pollock concerning the refusal of an article on the great Italian actor Tommaso Salvini, who was appearing in plays in London. “Fastidious Brisk” was a name … Continue reading

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Art is a diversion and a decoration, no triumph or effort is of value, nor anything worth reaching except charm

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1238.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 206-208] La Solitude, Hyères, March 17, 1884 My dear Gosse, … Continue reading

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Take things easy and be as happy as you can

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1201.] To his Father [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 191-192] La Solitude, December 20, 1883 My dear Father, I … Continue reading

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The truth is I have no appearance; a certain air of disreputability is the one constant character that my face presents: the rest change like water

During the height of the Provençal summer, 1883, RLS went with his wife to the Baths of Royat in Auvergne (travelling necessarily by way of Clermont-Ferrand, Hôtel de la Poste). His parents joined them at Royat for part of their … Continue reading

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I think least said is often best, generally best

From about this time until 1885 William E. Henley acted in an informal way as agent for RLS in most of his dealings with publishers in London. ‘Both’ in the second paragraph means Treasure Island and Silverado Squatters. [Dots between … Continue reading

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