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You can draw and yet you do not love the ugly: what are you doing in this age?

RLS accepted the dedication of Low’s illustrated edition of Keats’s Lamia, and sent him in return the newly published Jekyll and Hyde. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this … Continue reading

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I have two handwritings (both equally bad in these days)

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1454.] To Joseph and Elizabeth Pennell [Colvin 1912, pp. 203-204] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Late July, 1885.] Dear Sir and Madam, This horrible delay must be forgiven me. It … Continue reading

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Art is a mill whose thirlage, in different ages, widens and contracts

The first part of the following refers to contributions of RLS to the Magazine of Art under Henley’s editorship. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew … Continue reading

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The devil always has an imp or two in every house, and my imps are getting lively

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1107.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 136-137] La Solitude, Hyères-les-Palmiers, Var, France, May 21, 1883 My … Continue reading

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The Essays must fall from me, Essay by Essay, as they ripen

Richmond Seeley is the proprietor and publisher of the Portfolio. The expression ‘my little girls’ refers to RLS’s essay, Notes on the Movements of Young Children, thought at Mentone. Dr. Appleton is the amiable and indefatigable editor of the Academy. … Continue reading

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Her laugh does more good to one’s health than a month at the seaside

The following is in answer to a set of numbered questions from his mother. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 1, 216]. To his … Continue reading

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Children are certainly too good to be true

“Bonjour Philippine!” is the French expression used when someone eats twin fruits, or when two children accidentally pronounce the same sentence at the same time: the one who speaks first will gain next morning a little present from the other. … Continue reading

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