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“But the odd problem is: what makes a story true?”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1766.] To Lady Taylor [Colvin 1912, pp. 222-223] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, c. 22 February, 1887] My dear Lady Taylor, I don’t know but what I agree fairly well … Continue reading

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To me, the medicine bottles on my chimney and the blood on my handkerchief are accidents; they do not colour my view of life… they do not exist in my prospect

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1484.] To William Archer [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 299-302] Skerryvore, Bournemouth [30 October 1885] Dear Mr. Archer, You will see that I had already had a sight of your … Continue reading

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He has my free permission to borrow from me all that he can find worth borrowing

At Marseilles, while waiting to occupy the house which he had leased in the suburbs of that city, RLS learned that his old friend and kind adviser, James Payn, with whom he had been intimate as sub-editor of the Cornhill … 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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I shall give my mind at once to the Murder

Edmund Gosse and RLS had proposed to R.W. Gilder, of the Century Magazine, New York, that they should collaborate for him on a series of murder papers, beginning with the Elstree Murder; and he had accepted the proposal on terms … Continue reading

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‘English, The: – a dull people, incapable of comprehending the Scottish tongue

Both Gosse’s article (The Poetic Phase in Modern English Art) and Meredith’s Story (The Tale of Chloe) were published in The New Quarterly Magazine for July 1879. RLS’s book just reviewed was Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes. This letter is contemporary with … Continue reading

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