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“As to whether the long-eared British public may take to it, all think it more than doubt”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1612.] To his Father [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 333] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, May 1886] My dear Father, The David problem has today been decided.   I am to leave the … Continue reading

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The romance ties precisely in the freeing of two spirits from these court intrigues

RLS’s novel, Prince Otto, was published in October 1885. The following refers to two reviews of it – one of them by Henley (in the Athenaeum of 21 November) which to the writer’s displeasure had been pruned by the editor … Continue reading

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He cottoned more than my rosiest visions had inspired me to hope

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1492.] To W.E. Henley [Balfour 1901, II, p. 14] Skerryvore [c. 12 November 1885] […] I had yesterday a letter from George Meredith, which was one of the events … Continue reading

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Did you hear that I had given way to a convex mirror in the dining room?

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1456.] To his parents [Hitherto unpublished prose writings, 1921, p. 168] Bournemouth, July 31, 1885 My dear people, We are having great doings. The drawing-room will soon be lovely, … Continue reading

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I shall be very much pleased to have you call me Louis

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1448.] To Anne Jenkin [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 284-286] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, June 1885] My dear Mrs. Jenkin, I should have written sooner, but we are in a bustle, and … Continue reading

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It is bad enough to have to live by an art – but to think to live by an art combined with commercial speculation – that way madness lies

About Easter 1885, RLS and Fanny entered into occupation of a house of their own, given by Thomas Stevenson as a special gift to his daughter-in-law, and renamed Skerryvore, in reminiscence of one of the great lighthouse works carried out … Continue reading

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I believe in playing dark with second and third-rate work

RLS was beginning to realise that work at play-writing in collaboration with Henley was doing much more to exhaust his strength than to replenish either of their purses, and Henley, who had built hopes of fame and fortune on their … Continue reading

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