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Our little lives are moments in the wake of the eternal silence: but how crowded while they last

In memory of one of the oldest and most intimate of his friends of Edinburgh days, James Walter Ferrier, who died of alcoholism three weeks before, at the same age as RLS, 33. The reference to a Mrs. Leslie is … Continue reading

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A certain warmth (tepid enough) and a certain dash of the picturesque are my poor essential qualities

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1143.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 161-162] La Solitude, Hyères, 26th September 1883 My … 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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Love, poetry and music, and the Arabian Nights, inhabit just my corner of the world – nest there like mavises

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1139.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 183-184] La Solitude, Hyères [? 19 September 1883] … Continue reading

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I am afraid I am not so rigid on chastity

Arthur Trevor Haddon (1864-1841), English portrait painter, won a scholarship at the Slade School in 1883. As a young art student he had written to RLS after reading his essay on Walt Whitman (see previous post). [As usual, for correct … Continue reading

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No man can settle another’s life for him… each in turn must meet and beard the Sphynx

RLS left Davos on April 20th, 1882, with his wife and stepson. After some weeks in London, where RLS’s parents joyned them, (Fanny was unwell and RLS needed some rest), they were back to Edinburgh on May 20th. The following … Continue reading

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A long-shore story

W.E. Henley had written praising ‘The Merry Men’ and made some criticisms about the story as drafted in MS. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew … Continue reading

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