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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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“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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To have suffered… sets a keen edge on what remains of the agreeable. This is a great truth, and has to be learned in the fire

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1485.] To William Archer [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 297-299] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, 1 November 1885] Dear Mr. Archer, It is possible my father may be soon down with … Continue reading

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My heart and all my interest are with the dweller, that ancient of days and day-old infant, man

The paper referred to in this letter is one which William Archer wrote over his own signature (‘RLS: His Style and his Thought’) in the November number of Time, a magazine already extinct at the time of Colvin’s edition of … 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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Doctor Stevenson

RLS had used the phrase ‘family theologian’ to describe his father in Travels with a Donkey, 1879. In April 1884 Miss Ferrier (born in Edinburgh in 1844) went out to Hyères and stayed with her friends. [As usual, dots between … Continue reading

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Tales for winter nights

RLS had asked his friends to write a testimonial in support of his candidature for the Edinburgh History Chair. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew … Continue reading

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