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“I drew the nothings that my soul enjoyed”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1535.] To William Sharp [E. Sharp, W. Sharp, a Memoir, 1910, pp. 116-118] Skerryvore [Early February … Continue reading

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They are to flash out before the world with our old friend of Kinnaird, The Body Snatcher

RLS had been unable to finish for the Pall Mall Christmas number the tale he had first intended; had tried the publishers with Markheim (afterwards printed in the collection called Merry Men), which proved too short; had then furbished up … Continue reading

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We can’t stand the ‘sigh’ nor the ‘peruke’

Edmund Gosse’s anthology, English Odes, was published by Kegan Paul in 1881. John Addington Symonds, translator, biographer and historian of the Italian Renaissance, had established his home at Davos in search of cure for tubercolosis, and made friends with RLS. … Continue reading

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Today, the south wind blows; and I am seedy in consequence

John Addington Symonds, translator, biographer and historian of the Italian Renaissance, better remembered today for his tormented homosexuality, had established his home at Davos in search of cure for tubercolosis, with his wife. He wrote to a friend of his … Continue reading

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