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“It is a far finer thing to be in love, or to risk a danger, than to paint the finest picture or write the noblest book”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1642.] To Harriet Monroe [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 335-338] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, 30 June 1886] My dear … Continue reading

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A pen broken, a subverted ink-pot

Early in January 1884, RLS, after a week’s visit at Hyères from his friends Charles Baxter and W.E. Henley, accompanied them as far as Nice, and there suddenly went down with an attack of acute congestion, first of the lungs … Continue reading

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O! be tender to my bathing girls

RLS was suffering at this time from a temporary weakness of the eyesight. [As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1244.] To Will H. Low [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 209-210] La Solitude, Hyères [? … Continue reading

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The Hero and the Eagle

‘Paul’ is Ch. Kegan Paul & Co., the London editor who had refused RLS’s Studies ‘writing an insolent letter… in answer to one of my father’s’. He also refused to part with the copyrights of ‘Travels with a Donkey’ and … Continue reading

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You just indulge the pleasure of your heart, that’s all; no trouble, no strain

The following records the beginning of work upon Treasure Island, the name originally proposed for which was the Sea Cook. Lloyd (Fanny’s son, then aged 13) on holiday from school had joined the Stevensons at Braemar. Treasure Island had its … Continue reading

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I wonder if it’s old age?

The Way of the World is a slip by RLS for Anthony Trollope’s novel, The Way we live now, inspired by the financial scandals of the early 1870s. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. … Continue reading

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For any man who takes an interest in the problems of the two sexes, that book is a perfect mine of documents

In September 1876 RLS met at Grez-sur-Loing Mrs Fanny Osbourne, a 36 year old American, who was accompanied by her children, Isobel (aged 18) and Lloyd (8). She will became his wife in 1880. In January 1877 RLS spent some … Continue reading

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The future is thick with inky fingers

The Burns herein mentioned is the article undertaken for the Encyclopædia Britannica. In the end RLS’s work was thought to convey a view of the poet too frankly critical, and too little in accordance with the accepted Scotch tradition: the … Continue reading

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For two good emotions I would sacrifice a thousand years of fame

During his days in London RLS has gone with Mrs. Sitwell to the British Museum to revisit the Elgin marbles, and has carried off photographs of them to put up in his room at Edinburgh. ‘The desire of the moth … Continue reading

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It looks like playing at passion

The following are two different impressions of the Mediterranean, dated on two different Mondays, 1874. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 1, … Continue reading

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