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“What will a man not do with a woman at his elbow…”

As already explained in previous posts, W.E. Henley’s letter of 9 March to RLS accusing Fanny of plagiarism in publishing under her own name a story based on an earlier one by RLS’s cousin, Katharine de Mattos, had precipitated the … Continue reading

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“It was a project I went into with horrid diffidence; and lucre was my only motive”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2043.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1912, pp. 236-237] [Saranac Lake, 31 March 1888.] My dear Gosse, Why so plaintive? Either the post-office has played us false, or … Continue reading

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“That was how the tale came to me however… I joined the two ends in a day or two of constant feverish thought, and began to write”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2001.] To Henry James [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 57-59] [Saranac Lake, Late January 1888] My dear delightful … Continue reading

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“I like myself better in the woods”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1899.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 14-16] [Saranac Lake, Oct. 8th 1887] My dear Gosse, have just read your article twice,     with cheers of … Continue reading

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“A dreamer of dreams, I call it: it is just a gossip with stories”

Fanny Stevenson had left Saranac Lake on October 6th, 1887, to visit her mother and sister Josephine (a banker’s wife) at Danville, Indiana. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by the editor of the Anderson’s Sale Catalogue, while the … 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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