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“A dam tale to order, which will be what it will be”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1729.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 356-357] Skerryvore, Dec. 14, 1886 My dear Colvin, This is … Continue reading

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Indigestion has its uses

RLS’s letter sending the MS of Jekyll & Hyde to Longman does not appear to have survived, but Charles Longman, the publisher, acknowledged it on 31 October 1885. It was recorded by Andrew Lang in Athenaeum of 9 February 1895, … Continue reading

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I hear on all sides I am to be attacked as an immoral writer

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1481.] To Henry James [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 295-297] Skerryvore, Bournemouth, October 28, 1885 My dear … Continue reading

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Miss Havisham is, probably, the worst thing in human fiction

‘Cassandra’ was a nickname of RLS’s father for his daughter-in-law, Fanny.The scheme of a play to be founded on Dickens’s Great Expectations was one of a hundred formed in these days and afterwards given up. [Dots between square brackets indicate … 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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It occurred to me last night in bed that I could write…

With all his throat and lung troubles actively renewed, RLS fled to Davos (Switzerland) again in October 1881. For this second winter he occupied with his wife and stepson a small chalet called ‘Villa am Stein’ on the hillside just … Continue reading

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It still gives me a list to starboard (let us be ever nautical!)

Alexander Hay Japp (1837-1905), Scottish author, journalist and publisher, had paid his visit at Braemar as proposed, and listened delightedly to the first chapters of Treasure Island (then entitled The Sea Cook). He had proposed to offer the story for … Continue reading

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