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“A man who talks, not one who sings”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1950.] To John Addington Symonds [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 28-31] Saranac Lake, Adirondack Mountains, New York, U.S.A., November … 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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I envy you your wife, your home, your child – I was going to say your cat

The ‘humorous friend’ was Charles Baxter: RLS stayed the weekend with the Baxters at Lochcote House near Bathgate, now demolished. Edmund William Gosse used to sign with two initials, E.W.G. The nickname Weg was fastened on him by RLS, partly … Continue reading

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‘English, The: – a dull people, incapable of comprehending the Scottish tongue

Both Gosse’s article (The Poetic Phase in Modern English Art) and Meredith’s Story (The Tale of Chloe) were published in The New Quarterly Magazine for July 1879. RLS’s book just reviewed was Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes. This letter is contemporary with … Continue reading

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Grrrrr! I’ll never be a poet any more

This is in reply to some technical criticisms of his friend W.E. Henley on the poem Our Lady of the Snows, referring to the Trappist monastery in the Cévennes so called, and afterwards published in Underwoods (1887). James Walter Ferrier … Continue reading

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O, I have such a longing for children of my own; and yet I do not think I could bear it if I had one

RLS’s first introduction to the English poet William Ernest Henley (1849-1903): the acquaintance ripened quickly into a close and stimulating friendship. Henley suffered from a tubercolous disease: he had a wooden leg, and when the desease threatened his other foot, … Continue reading

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The two Russian ladies are from Georgia…

Professor H.Ch.F. Jenkin, the electrical engineer, and his wife, an actress, are known in the Edimburgh social scene for their theatrical productions. In the Jenkin theatricals of May 1873, RLS has played ‘Vatel, a cook’ in My Son-in-Law, translated from … Continue reading

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