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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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And if that is not health, it is the nearest I am like to have

RLS and his wife were still busy on More New Arabian Nights (the romance of the Great North Road having been begun and postponed). The question here touched is, to what publishers should they be offered. [Dots between square brackets … Continue reading

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Telling the story, not with the one eye of pity, but with the two of pity and mirth

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1266.] To W.E. Henley [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 218-219] La Solitude, Hyères [Late April 1884] Dear boy, […] … Continue reading

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I am no cultivator of disappointments… but I get some good crops both of remorse and gratitude

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1211.] To his parents [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 195-196] La Solitude Hyères-les-Palmiers, Var, January 1 [1884] … Continue reading

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Looking forward through the clouds to the sunburst

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1140.] To William Ernest Henley [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 157-161] La Solitude, Hyères, September 19, 1883 Dear boy, … Continue reading

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Pitting my own humour to this old verse … we’ll walk the woods no more

At this time Stevenson was much occupied, as were several young writers his contemporaries, with imitating the artificial forms of early French verse. Some of his attempts have been preserved, like the two contained in this letter. The second is … Continue reading

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O for the good, fleshly stupidity of the woods, the body conscious of itself all over and the mind forgotten!

RLS returned home from his first visit at Barbizon on 23 April 1875. The rehearsals were those of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for amateur theatricals at Professor Fleeming Jenkin’s in which Stevenson played the part of Orsino (the leading character of … Continue reading

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