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“What will a man not do with a woman at his elbow…”

As already explained in previous posts, W.E. Henley’s letter of 9 March to RLS accusing Fanny of plagiarism in publishing under her own name a story based on an earlier one by RLS’s cousin, Katharine de Mattos, had precipitated the … Continue reading

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“I think niether I nor my wife have been kindly used”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2063.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, 1956, p. 208, at http://www.hathitrust.org] [Saranac Lake, 12 April 1888] My dear Charles, I write mainly to inform you that as Henley has … Continue reading

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“Had I taken time, I would not have set pen to paper to you about this wretchedness”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 2057.] To Charles Baxter [Baxter Letters, 1956, pp. 206-207, at http://www.hathitrust.org] [Envelope marked ‘Private’] [Saranac Lake, 10 April 1888] My dear Charles, I have written you today … Continue reading

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“A man who talks, not one who sings”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1950.] To John Addington Symonds [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 28-31] Saranac Lake, Adirondack Mountains, New York, U.S.A., November … Continue reading

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“I have never called my verses poetry: they are verse, the verse of a speaker not a singer”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1909.] To William Sharp [E. Sharp, W. Sharp: A Memory, 1910, pp. 138-139] [Saranac Lake, ? Mid-October 1887] Dear Mr. Sharp, What is the townsman’s blunder? — though I … Continue reading

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“I like myself better in the woods”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1899.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 14-16] [Saranac Lake, Oct. 8th 1887] My dear Gosse, have just read your article twice,     with cheers of … Continue reading

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“A dreamer of dreams, I call it: it is just a gossip with stories”

Fanny Stevenson had left Saranac Lake on October 6th, 1887, to visit her mother and sister Josephine (a banker’s wife) at Danville, Indiana. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by the editor of the Anderson’s Sale Catalogue, while the … Continue reading

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