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“The works of Ludwig van Beethoven arranged and wiederdurchgearbeiteted for two melodious forefingers”

During the Summer 1886, RLS was very much taken up with trying to learn something of the theory and practice of music, and spent much of his time ‘pickling,’ as he called it, in an elementary manner on the piano. … Continue reading

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“Herewith goes my new book, … I hope you will like it: I do”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1654.] To Alison Cunningham [Colvin 1912, p. 216] [Bournemouth, 16 July, 1886] My dear Cummy, Herewith goes my new book, in which you will find some places that you … Continue reading

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“It is a far finer thing to be in love, or to risk a danger, than to paint the finest picture or write the noblest book”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1642.] To Harriet Monroe [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 335-338] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, 30 June 1886] My dear … Continue reading

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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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That is where I am; next day he is to be put ashore in Appin, and be present at Colin Campbell’s death

The novel Kidnapped, telling the adventures of  David Balfour, had at this time just been taken up again, and the writer explained the course of the story to his father, who had taken the deepest interest in it since they visited … 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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