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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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I have been to sea, but I never crossed the threshold of a court; and the courts shall be the way I want ’em

By this time Treasure Island was out in book form, and the following is in reply to some reflections on its seamanship which had been conveyed to RLS through Henley. James Runciman (1852-91) was a journalist and school teacher, sub-editor … Continue reading

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Nothing to do but to study oratory and etiquette, sit in the sun, and pick up the fruits as they fall

RLS visited London 17-21 June 1875. Burns means the article on Bums which RLS had been commissioned to write for the Encyclopædia Britannica. The ‘awfully nice man’ was the Hon. William Seed (1827-1890), formerly Secretary to the Customs and Marine … Continue reading

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I always read verses, and in the vinous enthusiasm of the moment they always propose to have them printed

Charles Hallé and Wilma Neruda Norman held their recital on 16 January 1875: the programme included Beethoven’s C Major Sonata op. 53 and Violin Sonata in F op. 24; Mme Norman performed Tartini’s violin sonata, too. The pantomime was Jack … Continue reading

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A wonderful grey distance

Sidney Colvin could not remember what the Japanese prints were which he had been sending to RLS at his wish, but he said they sounded like specimens of the Japanese artists Hiroshige (1797-1858) and Kuniyoshi (1798-1861). The taste for these … Continue reading

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I wonder why my stories are always so nasty

On a railway journey through England and Wales with his parents, RLS arrives at Barmouth, and stays at the Cors y Gedol Arms Hotel. The Portfolio paper here mentioned is that entitled On the Enjoyment of Unpleasant Places. The essay … Continue reading

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