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“How am I to vote?”

Written after his return from a visit to London, and after the decision of PM Gladstone to dissolve Parliament on the defeat of the Home Rule Bill (June 8, 1886). As to the tale entitled The Travelling Companion, it was thought … Continue reading

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“I write this from bed, snow pouring without, and no circumstance of pleasure except your letter”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1569.] To Will H. Low [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 326-328] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, 5 March 1886] My dear Low, … Continue reading

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“A set of shambling lines that don’t know whether they’re trochees or what they are”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1557.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, p. 322] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Feb. 17, 1886] Dear Gosse, Non, c’est honteux! for a set of shambling lines     that don’t … Continue reading

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Yours, the Inexpressive Correspondent

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1530.] To Katharine De Mattos [Colvin 191, 2, pp. 286-287] Skerryvore, Bournemouth, [27 January] 1886 My dear Katharine, … Continue reading

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I do not like mankind; but men, and not all of these

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1510.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 311-315] Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Jan. 2nd, 1886 My dear … 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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