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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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I don’t want no such a parent… his gloom is gallows-worthy

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1205.] To his mother [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 193-194] [La Solitude, Hyères] Last Sunday of ’83 [30 December] … Continue reading

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I have been to sea, but I never crossed the threshold of a court; and the courts shall be the way I want ’em

By this time Treasure Island was out in book form, and the following is in reply to some reflections on its seamanship which had been conveyed to RLS through Henley. James Runciman (1852-91) was a journalist and school teacher, sub-editor … Continue reading

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Your subject peeps every here and there out of the crannies like a shy violet

Edmund Gosse had mistaken the name of the Peeblesshire manse, and is reproached accordingly. ‘Gray’ is Gosse’s volume on that poet in Morley’s series of English Men of Letters. ‘Bobo’ is a French childish word for hurt, sore or bruise. … Continue reading

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One folly I have not – I am not touchy under criticism

The references in the first paragraph are to the volume Familiar Studies of Men and Books. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 940.] To … Continue reading

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We should all hurry up and praise the living

RLS’s London friend, Edmund Gosse, married Ellen (Nellie) Epps (1850-1929), daughter of George Napoleon Epps, a homeopathic doctor, in 1875. She had sent RLS a miniature Bible illustrated with rude cuts, picked up at an outdoor stall. [For correct and … Continue reading

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