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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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O, when shall I find the story of my dreams?

Ch.E. C.B. Appleton was the editor of the literary journal Academy,1869-79. The Portfolio paper about Scotland and England: project never carried out; thoughts on the subject ultimately appeared in ‘The Foreigner at home’, CornhillMagazine, 1882. [As usual, dots between square … Continue reading

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I have been all yesterday evening and this forenoon in Italy, four hundred years ago

Clarice Campobello Sinico (b. 1840), Italian soprano, sang Beethoven’s aria op. 65 ‘Ah perfido spergiuro!’ (text by Metastasio) at the Edinburgh Choral Union’s concert on 4 January 1875. The Portfolio article here mentioned is An Autumn Effect (publ. April 1875). … Continue reading

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Winter seen from the inside of a warm greatcoat

The ‘Buckinghamshire affair’ refers to RLS’s essay ‘An Autumn Effect’, published in the Portfolio, April and May 1875. Maurice de Guérin (1810-1839) was a French poet and mystic who won recognition after his death with the publication of his Journal … Continue reading

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I wonder why my stories are always so nasty

On a railway journey through England and Wales with his parents, RLS arrives at Barmouth, and stays at the Cors y Gedol Arms Hotel. The Portfolio paper here mentioned is that entitled On the Enjoyment of Unpleasant Places. The essay … Continue reading

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Why don’t they stamp their foot upon the ground and awake?

Back to Swanston Cottage, from his yachting tour in the Inner Hebrides with his friend Sir Walter Simpson. George Grove is for some years before and after this date the editor of Macmillan’s Magazine. After the Knox articles no more … Continue reading

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