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“The fun of the sonnet to me is to find a subject; the workmanship rebuts me”

After having included in his book ‘Sonnets of the Century’ two poems of RLS’s (The Touch of Life and The Arabesque), William Sharp received this reply (see previous post). [For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, … Continue reading

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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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The marks of a reader, such as one imagines for oneself in dreams, thoughtful, critical, and kind

An anonymous review of the Child’s Garden of Verses, appearing in the Pall Mall Gazette for March 1885, gave RLS so much pleasure that he wrote (in the four words, ‘Now who are you?’) to inquire the name of its … Continue reading

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A childish treble note that sounds in my ears freshly; not song, if you will, but a child’s voice

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1403.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 269-272] Bonallie Tower, Bournemouth, March 12, 1885 My … Continue reading

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In the article of – well, of heads or tails

Early in May 1884 RLS again fell very dangerously ill with hemorrhage of the lungs, and lay for several weeks between life and death. [For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1276.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin … Continue reading

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Keep the jelly for the last

The persons mentioned below in the third paragraph are cousins of the writer and playmates of his childhood; two of them, christened Lewis like himself after their Balfour grandfather, had been nicknamed after their birthplaces ‘Delhi’ and ‘Cramond’ to avoid … Continue reading

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My soul sickens at the look of a quarto. I want a refined octavo

RLS was beginning to send home some of the MS of AChild’s Garden of Verses, the title of which had not yet been settled. The pieces as first numbered are in a different order from that afterwards adopted, but the … Continue reading

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