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I think least said is often best, generally best

From about this time until 1885 William E. Henley acted in an informal way as agent for RLS in most of his dealings with publishers in London. ‘Both’ in the second paragraph means Treasure Island and Silverado Squatters. [Dots between … Continue reading

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Flush-faced they played with old polysyllables

At Davos, the following experiment in Horatian alcaics was suggested by conversations with Horatio (!) F. Brown (historian specialised in the history of Venice) and J.A. Symonds (historian of the Italian Renaissance), on metrical forms, followed by the despatch of … Continue reading

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Does it not seem as if things were fluid?

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 1, 168]. To his mother [Colvin 1911, pp. 96-98] Hôtel du Pavillon, Menton, November 13, 1873. My dear … Continue reading

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In such weather one has the bird’s need to whistle

In 1871, RLS begins his Law classes at Edinburgh University. He gathers round him a group of lifelong friends, all fellow-members of the Speculative Society at the University, a famous literary and debating society, founded in 1764. After a winter … Continue reading

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