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“Without suspense, there can be little pleasure in this world”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1945.] To Henry James [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 37-39] [Saranac Lake, c. 20 November 1887] My dear Henry James, It may please you to know how our … Continue reading

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“To impress that obdurate dog, your reader”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1938.] To Edward L. Burlingame [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 27-28] [Saranac Lake, c. 15 November 1887] Dear Mr. Burlingame, The revise seemed all right, so I did not trouble … Continue reading

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The romance ties precisely in the freeing of two spirits from these court intrigues

RLS’s novel, Prince Otto, was published in October 1885. The following refers to two reviews of it – one of them by Henley (in the Athenaeum of 21 November) which to the writer’s displeasure had been pruned by the editor … Continue reading

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My heart and all my interest are with the dweller, that ancient of days and day-old infant, man

The paper referred to in this letter is one which William Archer wrote over his own signature (‘RLS: His Style and his Thought’) in the November number of Time, a magazine already extinct at the time of Colvin’s edition of … Continue reading

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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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My dear Henry James… the unpolished diamond is but a stone

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1346.] To Henry James [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 254-256] Bonallie Towers, Branksome Park, Bournemouth, December 8, 1884 My dear Henry James, This is a very brave hearing from more … Continue reading

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These conventional, rigid, and egg-dancing arts

In reply to a gift of books, including the correspondent’s wellknown translation of Sophocles. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1314.] To … Continue reading

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