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“And the wind swoops at me round the corner, like a lion, and fluffs the snow in my face”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1944.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 39-41] Saranac Lake [c. 20 December 1887] My dear Colvin,This … Continue reading

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“We shall steal incognito into la bonne ville”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1863.] To Will H. Low [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 380] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, August 6th, 1887] My dear Low, We ― my mother,    my wife,   my … Continue reading

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“But the odd problem is: what makes a story true?”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1766.] To Lady Taylor [Colvin 1912, pp. 222-223] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, c. 22 February, 1887] My dear Lady Taylor, I don’t know but what I agree fairly well … Continue reading

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There is but one art — to omit! O if I knew how to omit, I would ask no other knowledge

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4,1148.] To Bob Stevenson [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 172-175] La Sotitude, Hyères [? 30 October 1883] My … Continue reading

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I always feel as if I must write a work of genius some time or other

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 698.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 1, pp. 335-336] P.O. S.F. Cal. [East Oakland, mid-April 1880.] … Continue reading

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