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“The public are weary of statues that say nothing”

The letter was published in The Times of 6 September 1886. It is a reply to an attack on Auguste Rodin. The painter Edward Armitage had contributed several letters to that newspaper, writing that he believed the rejection of Rodin’s … Continue reading

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“If Mr Shaw is thirty, he had best be told that he is a romantic, and pursue romance with his eyes open”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1575.] To William Archer [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 48-50] [Skerryvore, c. 9 March 1886] My dear Archer, What am I to say? I have read your friend’s book with … Continue reading

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“The difficulty of being ideal in an age of realism”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1550.] To Charles Warren Stoddard [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 320-322] Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Feb. 13th, 1886 My dear Stoddard, am a dreadful character; but, you see, I have at last … Continue reading

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It is a compliment I value much; I don’t know any that I should prefer

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1406.] To W.H. Low [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 272-273] Bonallie Towers, Bournemouth, March 13, 1885 My dear Low, … 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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Art is a virtue; and if I were the man I should be, my art would rise in the proportion of my life

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 4, 1172.] To Will H. Low [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 170-172] La Solitude, Hyères [Postmark 27 October … Continue reading

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The truth is I have no appearance; a certain air of disreputability is the one constant character that my face presents: the rest change like water

During the height of the Provençal summer, 1883, RLS went with his wife to the Baths of Royat in Auvergne (travelling necessarily by way of Clermont-Ferrand, Hôtel de la Poste). His parents joined them at Royat for part of their … Continue reading

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