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Pitting my own humour to this old verse … we’ll walk the woods no more

At this time Stevenson was much occupied, as were several young writers his contemporaries, with imitating the artificial forms of early French verse. Some of his attempts have been preserved, like the two contained in this letter. The second is … Continue reading

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Nothing to do but to study oratory and etiquette, sit in the sun, and pick up the fruits as they fall

RLS visited London 17-21 June 1875. Burns means the article on Bums which RLS had been commissioned to write for the Encyclopædia Britannica. The ‘awfully nice man’ was the Hon. William Seed (1827-1890), formerly Secretary to the Customs and Marine … Continue reading

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A wonderful grey distance

Sidney Colvin could not remember what the Japanese prints were which he had been sending to RLS at his wish, but he said they sounded like specimens of the Japanese artists Hiroshige (1797-1858) and Kuniyoshi (1798-1861). The taste for these … Continue reading

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A little lake of tarnished green deepening into a blood-orange at the margins

In Edinburgh Sacramental fast-days were observed on the Thursday before the last Sunday of April and October; they were discontinued in 1887. The ‘Song of Deborah and Barak’ is from the Bible, Judges 5. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts … Continue reading

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I’ll see what I can do

Mr. John Morley has asked for a notice by RLS for the Fortnightly Review, which he is editing, of Lord Lytton’s newly published volume, Fables in Song. [As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sir Sidney Colvin. … Continue reading

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From islands of spice

In the third week of December 1873, Sidney Colvin goes out to join his friend RLS for a part of the Christmas vacation, and finds him without tangible disease, but very weak and ailing; ill-health and anxiety, however, don’t diminish … Continue reading

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I am concerned about the plane leaves

The heroine of George Sand, Consuelo (1868), is under an obligation to marry a man she does not love because he has been kind to her grandfather; eventually she is able to marry the young man she does love. The … Continue reading

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