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“The fun of the sonnet to me is to find a subject; the workmanship rebuts me”

After having included in his book ‘Sonnets of the Century’ two poems of RLS’s (The Touch of Life and The Arabesque), William Sharp received this reply (see previous post). [For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, … Continue reading

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“I drew the nothings that my soul enjoyed”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1535.] To William Sharp [E. Sharp, W. Sharp, a Memoir, 1910, pp. 116-118] Skerryvore [Early February … Continue reading

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Keep the jelly for the last

The persons mentioned below in the third paragraph are cousins of the writer and playmates of his childhood; two of them, christened Lewis like himself after their Balfour grandfather, had been nicknamed after their birthplaces ‘Delhi’ and ‘Cramond’ to avoid … Continue reading

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People must be themselves, I suppose

In 1875, Frances (Fanny) Van de Grift Osbourne (1840-1914), estranged from her American husband, had taken her children to France, where she and her daughter Belle would be pursuing their art studies. RLS met Fanny at Grez-sur-Loing in 1876, and  … Continue reading

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