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“It looks like a mixture of an aztec idol, a lion, an Indian Rajah, and a woman”

RLS’s parents had been thinking of trying a winter at Bournemouth for the sake of being near their son, a plan which was eventually carried out. His health was now fast and painfully breaking. [As usual, dots between square brackets … Continue reading

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I suppose I shall learn (I begin to think I am learning) to fight this vast, vague feather-bed of an obsession that now overlies and smothers me

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1473.] To Will H. Low [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 287-289] Skerryvore, Bournemouth, October 22, 1885 My … Continue reading

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I do not love to think of my countrymen these days: nor to remember myself. Why was I silent?

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1399.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 266-267] Bonallie Towers, Bournemouth, [c. 8 March 1885] My dear … Continue reading

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I think of giving ’em literature without words; and I believe if you were to try invisible illustration, it would enjoy a considerable vogue

Will Hicock Low was at that time teacher of drawing in the Cooper Institute, NY. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1327.] … Continue reading

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Our little lives are moments in the wake of the eternal silence: but how crowded while they last

In memory of one of the oldest and most intimate of his friends of Edinburgh days, James Walter Ferrier, who died of alcoholism three weeks before, at the same age as RLS, 33. The reference to a Mrs. Leslie is … Continue reading

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Looking forward through the clouds to the sunburst

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1140.] To William Ernest Henley [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 157-161] La Solitude, Hyères, September 19, 1883 Dear boy, … 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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