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“A dam tale to order, which will be what it will be”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1729.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 356-357] Skerryvore, Dec. 14, 1886 My dear Colvin, This is … Continue reading

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“Ce n’est pas moi qui tiens la plume – c’est l’autre, le bête”

Written after a visit to Colvin in London, in October 1886, which had been cut short by fogs. Auguste Rodin had sent to RLS a plaster cast of ‘Eternel printemps’, to thank him for his letter defending him against the … Continue reading

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– Ah, monsieur, vous êtes bien jeune! –

In his recent days in Paris, RLS’s chivalrous feelings had been shocked by the scene in the Demi-Monde of Dumas fils, where Suzanne d’Ange is trapped by Olivier de Jalin. William Archer, the Scottish critic and writer, had asked RLS … Continue reading

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“Vous avez à la main une petite bêtise assez mal ecrite, assez bien traduite”

Written on the fly-leaf of the French translation of Treasure Island, which RLS bought in Paris. RLS and Fanny stayed a week or 10 days in Paris with Will and Berthe Low. [For correct and critical edition of this letter, … Continue reading

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“If Mr Shaw is thirty, he had best be told that he is a romantic, and pursue romance with his eyes open”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1575.] To William Archer [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 48-50] [Skerryvore, c. 9 March 1886] My dear Archer, What am I to say? I have read your friend’s book with … Continue reading

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“A set of shambling lines that don’t know whether they’re trochees or what they are”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1557.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 322] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Feb. 17, 1886] Dear Gosse, Non, c’est honteux! for a set of shambling lines     that don’t … Continue reading

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I do not like mankind; but men, and not all of these

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1510.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 311-315] Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Jan. 2nd, 1886 My dear … Continue reading

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